Adaptive Riding (AR) uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities. AR provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, recreation, and leisure. AR also provides instruction and exercises that include: horse anatomy, tack, and horsemanship.
Who benefits from Adaptive Riding?
Children and adults with disabilities who would like to experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding, horsemanship, and equine knowledge. Horseback riding may improve flexibility, strength, balance, self-confidence, socialization, and recreation in the outdoors. Horsemanship and equine activities can provide self-confidence, socialization, and hands on activities indoors and outdoors. We have experience working with riders with a variety of disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrom, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Bifida, and Developmental Delay. Siblings also welcomed and encouraged to ride!
At Leaps & Bounds, our Adaptive Riding Instructors will perform an intake assessment to determine the person’s riding abilities and goals for the session. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists are available to consult with the riding instructor, to maximize the rider’s independence, safety, and achievement of goals, if needed, a unique benefit of our program at Leaps & Bounds. These instructors will collaborate with physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists to help tailor each child’s experience to their therapeutic needs. Instructors are PATH certified. Our Director of Adaptive riding has specialty certificates in PTSD/ Veterans and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Horse Anatomy & Tack-Equine Grooming: Instruction and hands-on activities will be provided periodically, especially on windy/rainy days. Student’s can learn about horse anatomy and may relate it to therapeutic riding experiences. Students can learn the proper way to tack up a horse and the proper caring of the horse. Students can learn the necessary tools to provide care for horses that would include grooming and feeding. This may provide the students with the confidence of independence.