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A physical, cognitive, or emotional special need does not limit a person from interacting with horses. Such interactions have proven to have major physical and emotional impacts.  We have been lucky enough to witness this at our centre!

Riding a horse moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

For individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem.

Partnering with equines also provides recreational opportunities for individuals to enjoy the outdoors as well as take pleasure in the interaction with our horses.

Physical Benefits
  • Improved balance, strength, range of motion

  • Improved coordination/motor skills, faster reflex

  • Improved respiration/circulation

  • Sensory integration

Psycholgical Benefits
  • Sense of well-being

  • Improved self-confidence

  • Improved sense of achievement

  • Emotional control, self-discipline

Social Benefits
  • Friendship

  • Interaction with others, animals, nature

  • Development of respect for animals

  • Improved social skills (one-on-one/group)

Educational Benefits
  • Proven to increase remedial reading, math and science skills

  • Greater listening skills and focus

  • Sequencing, patterning, motor planning skills

  • Visual and spatial perception/differentiation

  • Improved eye-hand coordination

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