Advantages of our Hope on Horseback Program:
Bonding with a horse helps kids open up emotionally, learn patience, and understand the importance of trust.
The rhythmic movement of a horse’s gait is similar to a person’s walk. This motion tones tone and builds muscle groups, engages balance and core, and improves coordination and motor skills. For example, reaching out to drop a ring down a post works to increase balance and strength. Placing clothespins in their horse’s mane concentrates on fine motor skills. Riding backward provides increased vestibular input and completes a multi-step process to promote increased focus.
Sense of Empowerment
Giving a child the opportunity to take the reins (literally) can help provide a sense of control, reduce anxiety, and provide the opportunity to overcome fear and apprehension.
Change of Scenery
The vantage point from the back of a horse is unlike any other. Fresh air and wide-open spaces are rejuvenating. Kids can tune out everything else and live in the moment.