Here at the Horse-Connection we work with children and adults with emotional, behavioral, physical or developmental disabilities. And of course give one-on-one basic riding lessons to the general population.
We specifically work one-on-one with students to insure the individualized lesson. We want to include parents, other teachers, and therapists and of course the students needs in planning the lessons. This way we insure the specific needs of each student. We have planned music integration, stretching and concentration activities, strengthening, and balance. We also have games that are fun for the kids and don’t realize that they are actually exercising. One of our games is the Pony Express game, where the student has to mail a letter to one of the horses, but they have to reach across their bodies to “mail” the letter. This activity incorporates eye-hand co-ordination, concentration, balance and crossing the mid-line of their body.
The type of students has been varied, from learning disabled to emotionally disturbed, autistic, Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, Trisomy disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. We also take students that have been confined to a wheelchair and some of those students have been able to ride for the first time in their lives. It is very rewarding to see the expressions on their faces.