Saddle up for a life-changing experience!
Hazelwild Farm's Therapeutic Riding Program offers specialized horseback riding lessons for all ages of riders with a wide range of physical, cognitive & emotional disabilities. The lessons serve therapeutic purposes by increasing stability, flexibility, strength, motor skills, cognitive ability & confidence for the riders, along with providing many other physical & emotional benefits.
The horse's movement has a dynamic effect on the rider's body. The horse stimulates the rider's pelvis & trunk in a manner that closely resembles a human's normal gait. This movement can be used to produce specific physical changes in the rider, including normalization of tone, improvement in posture & balance & increased strength.
The horse's movement can help with a variety of sensory integration issues. A smooth-gaited, consistently paced horse provides needed input to help a rider establish rhythm. A rough-gaited horse may provide a rider with the stimulation to help organize and integrate sensory input. Movement exploration while on the horse helps improve overall body awareness.
The success of overcoming fear & anxiety helps a rider realize self-worth & increased self-esteem. The ability to achieve a riding skill also has a positive effect on the rider's self-perception. For some of the youths, the farm & barn environment, the companion animal bonding & the development of new skills are all critical components in the success of the experience. The relationships that develop between riders, volunteers, horses & staff are integral to the positive emotional experience that we strive to create within our program.
The horse provides the motivation for our riders to learn many new things. Educational goals such as letter recognition & sequencing can be incorporated into riding activities.
Therapeutic riding enables individuals to interact with their peers in a group activity. Riding & the related activities are both fun & challenging.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Hazelwild Farm's Therapeutic Riding Program
relies on volunteers in order to operate.
Volunteers selflessly donate their time & energy to help children get the most out of their riding experience.
We appreciate any & all time that our volunteers dedicate to our program. We always welcome new volunteers!
Volunteers help with:
Horse Grooming & Tacking Up
Sidewalking with Riders
Untacking & Clean-Up