Our Adaptive Riding program focuses on increasing individual riding skills while gaining a therapeutic benefit. The goals set for each rider vary as much as the riders do and include improved physical strength, muscle tone, balance, mobility and hand-eye coordination. The more subtle improvements are fortified self-esteem, self-control and self-confidence. These classes also develop social skills as riders interact with their classmates, volunteers and instructors while on the horse.
At the beginning of each session, the instructor works with the rider and their supporters to develop goals specific to the rider’s needs. They then create a wide variety of games and exercises designed to help achieve these goals. The highly individualized lessons take into account the rider’s physical, emotional, and mental strengths and limitations. Classes include arena riding, trail rides, and group activities. All riders work on improving their horsemanship skills. With the combination of a trusted horse, instructor and group of volunteers, riders become more willing to try new things and attain new goals.
To learn more about Adaptive Riding and whether it might be appropriate for yourself or someone you care about, contact Sandy Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org