While the physical benefits achieved from therapeutic riding are numerous, the emotional and social benefits are also far reaching. This group session is specifically designed to provide opportunities for school aged children to practice cooperation, listening skills, language skills, patience and empathy. Participants build independence, create long lasting friendships, and develop a sense of belonging and self-confidence through equine assisted and mounted activities. Those children who need to improve their social skills will benefit greatly from the following activities:
Riding and handling horses
Working in teams (mounted and un-mounted)
Learning how to read a horse’s body language
Learning to speak a horse’s language
Therapeutic riding is a unique modality that uses riding horses and other equine assisted activities to help diminish the cognitive, physical, emotional and social limitations of people with disabilities. While on a horse, the rider is forced to use his/her body to maintain balance, steer the horse, control the speed of the horse and develop spatial skills by observing his/her surroundings.
Most physically, cognitively and emotionally disabled or impaired populations can benefit from therapeutic riding. Examples of disabilities and disorders that therapeutic riding can help: