Adaptive Horse Riding : Adaptive Horse Riding: Ability Objectives


My name is Raeshell Sorensen. I work at The
National Ability Center as The Equestrian Program Manager and some of the things that
we do here, some of the objectives that we achieve in our horseback riding vary for different
aspects of a person’s life. If we had a person here who had a physical disability who wasn’t
able to walk or walk well, it has been proven that the natural movement of the horse stimulates
the muscles that are used for walking when you are just sitting on a horse and walking
so the act of just sitting on the horse helps to develop the muscles needed to be able to
walk better or walk at all. In addition to that we do exercises we do different activities
to help to build muscles in the legs in the core, in the arms, different muscles that
are necessary for every life functioning. On top of physical benefits we also have the
ability to work on social skills. We provide group lessons where students can work on appropriate
socialization for things to say in a certain situation or how to respond to a question
or how to talk more lucidly, different things like that. We also are able to work on cognitive
functioning skills or educational skills where students can learn to spell better or count
or follow multi step directions or work on even behavioral skills, learning to follow
directions from a teacher or how to respond appropriately to frustration or anger. There
are multiple benefits to riding but our instructors are also trained to add to that to achieve
specific outcomes that a parent and a child or an adult rider want to achieve.

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