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Special Needs Program
All of our instructors are PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), formally known as NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association), certified riding instructors as well as Special Olympics equestrian coaches. They have all gone through a rigorous training program as well as volunteered many hours to ensure that our instructors are prepared and that our students will get the best training possible. Come summer, our instructors will help many special needs students train to compete in the Equestrian Special Olympics.
Generally speaking, our glasses will have maximum 5 students in a class at a time. The class will have one main instructor conducting the class as well as other assisting instructors and volunteers in the ring. The volunteers and assisting instructors will help the students that are struggling in the class and can provide them with the one-on-one attention that they may need. The students that need one-on-one attention will most definitely receive it.
The majority of the time the lessons will focus on riding. However, we do feel that it is necessary for the child and/or adult to learn how to groom, lead, and tack (put equipment on) a horse. This provides a bonding experience for the children and adults with the horse as well as a sense of responsibility that we feel is essential. If a student wants to learn how to horseback ride, then they should learn all aspects of horseback riding which includes the grooming, tacking, and leading, as well as riding. A comparison could be teaching an individual math: you don't just teach the individual addition, you teach them addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. All aspects are important to know and understand for a child or adult to become proficient in that subject.
We tend to keep the classes 30 minutes long and once a week. We feel that this is the best amount of time to keep the child and/or adult's attention as well as to improve previous riding skills and to introduce new techniques. If the students excel and wish to take part in the Equestrian Special Olympics, simply inform the instructor about their interest and we will follow through with the paperwork as well as adjust that individual's lesson accordingly.
Do you need community service hours for school? Do you want to learn more about horses and a horseback riding environment? Do you want to learn about therapeutic horseback riding and special needs individuals? Do you just have too much free time on your hands? Volunteers are essential to our program and we couldn't do this without them. We are always welcoming volunteers! If you want to volunteer, simply contact us and let us know about your availability!