Participants begin their horsemanship journey with approximately three groundwork sessions. In these sessions, they work with their horse on the ground, building relationships and learning fundamental skills such as general care, grooming, tacking, and leading. We believe a good foundation with horses includes this work and feel it has a positive effect in the pursuit of riding skills.
Our PATH Intl. certified instructors teach riding skills with the intention of beneficially contributing to an individual’s physical, mental, emotional and social well-being.
The many benefits of therapeutic riding and horsemanship include increased balance and posture, core muscle strength, coordination, motor control. For individuals with impaired mobility, the movement of the horse simulates to a human walking gait.
Participants can experience increased confidence, independence, and self esteem. They may also gain increased concentration, patience, problem-solving and improved sequential thought processing.
Riding provides an opportunity for participants to develop a trusting bond with their horse, instructor and volunteers.