Adaptive Horsemanship is a powerful outlet for children, teenagers, and adults with a wide variety of cognitive, emotional, physical, and developmental challenges. These challenges include autism to PTSD, depression to cerebral palsy, and everything in between. Our PATH Internationally certified instructor staff is well-equipped to help all individuals gain success and feel supported in our Adaptive Horsemanship classes – regardless of background or prior experience. Lesson plans are tailored to meet the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral needs of the individual participant, with individual progress documented weekly. All participants are supported by trained volunteers who are an important part of the learning team. Our services are designed to help create a therapeutic environment for all participants, and to create a movement towards health and wholeness that lasts long past their class-time each week.
Social interaction, building relationships, and participation in group activities are all part of the process. Through the movement of the horse, participants strengthen fine and gross motor skill development, core strength, muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Through the partnership with our dedicated volunteers and horses, participants gain confidence, trust, and emotional honesty, while improving communication and social skills. Through appropriate sensory input, participants gain decision-making, problem-solving, task-sequencing, and critical thinking skills.
For more information, please visit our Horsemanship Information Packet.
Lesson Structure for a 1 hour Adaptive Horsemanship Lesson typically includes:
- 15 minutes at lesson start time for grooming, connecting with your horse and mounting
- 30 minutes of riding or ground work with instructor curriculum
- 15 minutes to dismount, untack horses