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Equine Therapy Sessions

Horses are social animals by nature and enjoy interaction with humans. They can sense things that we can not yet put into words. Horses are not judgemental; they are loving and caring by nature.

What will Equine Therapy work for?

Autism, ADD, ADHD, brain injuries, strokes, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities and muscular dystrophy to name but a few. Other advantages of Equine Therapy includes better balance and coordination, relaxation and tension release, improved circulation, muscle tone and the range of motion of joints, better cardio vascular functioning, improves hand-eye-coordination as well as fine and gross motor skills, builds self-confidence, self-awareness, patience and discipline as well as a better understanding of action and consequence.

What to expect at a session:

Sessions are planned according to the specific physical, psychological, cognitive and behavioural goals of every individual. These sessions can be either mounted or un-mounted, depending on the goal that needs to be achieved. Therapy sessions will not be strictly limited to therapy, but will also include learning of correct horsemanship (including where to stand, how to handle a horse, parts of the horse, and eventually how to ride the horse on their own.)

A horse or pony will be selected for each session with the individual in mind; this includes choosing the equine friend with the correct temperament or personality type, as well as the correct gait or movement through the back. All horses are safe, friendly, affectionate and very reliable.

Safety is paramount during these sessions. Even though an instructor will be with them at all times the riders will be requested to wear closed shoes and hard hats at all times while on or around the horses. With very young children parents will be allowed in the arena during the session.

Improvement should be visible within 3 to 4 months after commencement of therapy sessions.

Who will enjoy Equine Therapy?

Anyone with a keen interest in animals.