Horseback Riding For People With Special Needs

physical benefits 400
Physical Benefits
• Posture • Muscle Tone
• Coordination
• Tri-dimensional movement
• Muscle relaxation
• Muscle strength
• Motor development
• Hand-eye coordination
physiological benefits 400
Physiological Benefits
• Mind relaxation
• Paying Attention
• Enjoyment
• Memory
• Sensory Integration
• Brain Exercise
 
psychological benefits 400
Psychological Benefits
• Self Esteem
• Self control
• Follow rules
• Follow routine
• Positive behavior
• Ability to focus
cognitive skills 400
Cognitive Skills
• Sequencing
• Spatial awareness
• Environmental awareness
• Directional awareness
• Motor planning
• Communication skills
• Attention span
• Ability to focus
 

Equine Assisted Activities for Community and Life Skills

1. Horsemanship, farm management, and vocabulary

Facilities Location
• Barn
• Fences
• Gates
• Pastures
• Compost piles
• Trails
• Arena
Facility Maintenance
• Clean arena
• Pull weeds
• Clean stalls
• Water Buckets
• Feed pans
• Water troughs
• Clean barn
Nutrition
• Hay
• Feeds
• Supplements
• Water
 
Equipment
• Clean tack
• Clean toys
• Clean helmets
Grooming
• Tools
• How to groom
• Importance of hygiene
• Horse sense
Leading – ground work
• Self-confidence
• Horse sense
• Use of rope
• Horse behaviors
 

2. Riding

Therapy on Horseback
• Introduces young riders to therapy
• Works on basic skills
• Games & exercises for core strength
• Builds balance & coordination
• Increases communication skills
• Tri-dimensional movement
Group Skills
• Sense of belonging
• Social interaction & skills
• Emotional control
• Ability to communicate feelings and needs
• Team building
• Friendship
 
Therapeutic Riding
• Independent riding is the goal
• Builds confidence
• Problem solving
• Motor planning & sequencing
• Ability to focus
• Self-esteem
• Awareness of own feelings and needs
• Anger management
• Ability to overcome fear and phobias
 
 

3. Life Skills Assessment

4. Equine Assisted learning (off the horse)

benefits of 600
  
• Ability to focus / pay attention
• Ability to communicate
• Social interaction
• Emotional control
• Awareness of own feelings and needs
• Ability to communicate feelings and needs
• Self confidence
Group Skills
• Leadership
• Team building
• Friendship
• Problem solving
• Trust
• Anger
• Decision making
• Communication
• Feelings
• Responsibility
• Observation
• Creative thinking
 

Balance of...

Benefits

1. Physical
2. Physiological
3. Psychological
4. Cognitive
5. Life skills

vs.

Challenges

1. Horse care equipment and facilities
2. Arena
3. English saddle and equipment
4. Horse expenses: feed, vet, insurance
5. Special horses for special people…
6. Temperament and training

 

 

Please contact us at 678-344-6821 or email us if you have any questions.

 

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678-344-6821

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ph: 678-344-6821
fax: 404-537-9355

Parkwood Farms Therapy Center, Inc.
2519 Parkwood Road
Snellville GA 30039

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