Program Goals

Our goals are to provide service to an expanding population in Worcester County to children at risk for developmental delays. Preteens, teens, and adults at risk for social and educational delays can benefit from learning equine skills that would also provide them with an age appropriate activity through out their life.

Physical
  • Improve overall physical fitness; increase core strength, low tone and flexibility; develop and improve coordination and balance; Increase physical awareness through guided body movement
more physical benefits...
  • Improved balance and muscle strength
  • Improved coordination and faster reflexes
  • Increased muscular control
  • Improved postural control
  • Decreased spasticity
  • Increased range of motion of joints
  • Stretching of tight or spastic muscles
  • Increased endurance and low-level cardiovascular conditioning
  • Stimulates Sensory integration
  • Improved visual-spatial perception
  • Improved gross and fine motor skills
Behavioral
  • Increase social skills, attention span and self monitoring skills; decrease aggressive behaviors caused by anxiety.
more behavioral benefits...
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Increased self-esteem and self-image
  • Development of patience
  • Emotional control and self-discipline
  • Sense of normality
  • Socialization and improved interpersonal skills
  • Increased perception of quality of life and life satisfaction
  • Stress reduction
Communication
  • Improve receptive and expressive language; increase vocabulary skills
Cognitive and Educational
  • Increase problem solving skills; retention of processes, memorization, learning standards and procedures for safety.
Personal
  • Increase self-confidence, self-esteem, self respect; increase empathy, kindness, compassion, and intuition.
Artistic and Creativity
  • Develop individual creativity and self expression; increase imagination through guided imagery or storytelling, and participation in expressive arts exercises.
Educational Benefits
  • Learning horseback riding knowledge and skills
  • Learning safe behaviors for riding