We have specialist equipment to allow mounting and dismounting for people with limited mobility, including a hoist and a wheelchair accessible mounting ramp.
- Just sitting on a walking horse moves every muscle in the body, enabling riders (for example) to improve balance, develop core strength, and reduce spasticity in over-tight muscles.
- Language and processing development can improve as clients listen to and act on directions from instructors.
- Educational learning is provided as riders practice counting or colour recognition during lessons (for example: riders may be asked to turn towards a green object or count their strides).
- Improvements in emotional and social skills are achieved as riders form relationships of trust with their horse, their instructor and our volunteers.
- Riders gain improved self-belief as they perfect new skills.
Although we are lucky enough to have a large, covered Indoor Arena, many of our sessions take place on our Woodland Trail offering riders an often rare opportunity to enjoy the countryside and increase their feeling of well-being. This outdoor work particularly benefits riders with Autism.
Remember, for those clients who may initially find the size of a horse intimidating, Small Animal Therapy sessions are available (for example: working with donkeys, goats, chickens, turkeys and guinea pigs).
For more information about our services or to discuss availability, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.