What is Therapeutic Horsemanship?
Equine-Assisted Riding and Carriage Driving and other equestrian activities provide benefits to individuals with special needs physically, cognitively and emotionally. Using the three-dimensional movement of the horse, benefits can be seen in posture, balance, coordination, sensory integration, language development, skill development, self esteem, self responsibility and social development.
For those unable to ride or choose not to ride, the Therapeutic Driving program provides opportunities for individuals to experience similar benefits to riding through the interaction and control of a horse or pony while driving from a carriage seat or their own wheelchair. Other activities such as grooming, tacking & untacking feeding, watering, and leading a horse enable individuals to learn about the care of the horse while gaining invaluable skills that transfer to home and school activities of daily living and academic achievement. (See Programs for detailed information on programs and benefits.)