Our programs, non-riding as well as riding contain many BENEFITS, including improved:
- Self-esteem and emotional well-being
- Focus and attention span
- Verbal and communication skills
- Listening skills
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Core strength
- Quality of life
Specifically, here’s how some of our activities can help!
- Physical: Grooming incorporates large muscle groups as well as fine motor skills. The child is stretching, bending and reaching, (sometimes picking up hooves!) which requires strength, balance and coordination.
- Social/Relationships: Children develop relationships with our volunteers and the horses they care for. Children learn the importance of compassion, communication, cooperation and respect when working with their horse and their leader.
- Routine/Sequencing: Grooming has a specific order to it, which brings routine and sequencing into play.
- Awareness/Focus: Horses talk to us with body language. Learning to listen to a horse's body language is, in large part, what keeps us safe around these powerful animals. Children learn to be focused, present and "in the moment" when working with horses.
Calming: Horses respond favorably to a slow, quiet demeanor and a soft voice. As children become calmer and more soothing, they begin to notice the positive effect their behavior has on their horse.
- Confidence/Empowerment: The development of the horse/human bond assists children in gaining respect, trust, and leadership skills. It empowers them and builds self-esteem, which motivates them to try new things!