A rider, no matter what his or her disablities, can derive many benefits from riding with us, and can realise achievements that might have been thought impossible.
Principally they involve improved physical and mental ability and the opportunity to develop confidence and competence in working with horses and ponies.
Learning a new physical skill
sustaining and improving a skill
Increasing muscle control
Increasing muscle strength
Personal, Health and Social Education
Building up trusting relationships
Learn to consider the welfare of an animal
Being able to do something that friends and siblings can't do
Fun and enjoyment
Gives new perspectives
Taking control - steering the pony
Gain recognised staged badges in riding and stable management
Movement on horseback
Smell touch and hearing
Relationship with animal
Interact with new people
Follow a routine
Learn to wait
Learning and complying with new sets of rules
Learn to care to an animal (some ASD pupils can relate to the horse's feelings better than to human feelings)
Learn and use related language - woah, walk on, reins, saddle etc
Learn and use directional language - up/down, left/right, slow/fast
Opportunity to generalise learnt language/behaviour patterns in a safe and forgiving environment.
It is frequently said that our volunteers gain enormous pleasure and benefits from beling involved - why don't you join us?