Increase balance, muscle control and strength: Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the human body in a manner similar to the human walking gait thereby providing the upper and lower body sensation and mental image of walking. It stimulates passive exercise, which increases cardiovascular, musculatory and respiratory strength.
Increase concentration, patience, and discipline: Activities such as grooming, identifying parts of tack, maneuvering through an obstacle course, learning a simple dressage pattern provide opportunities for problem solving, impulse control and sequencing.
Improve social skills and personal relationships. As a social creature, the horse will readily bond with humans with no pre-judgment, in this unique relationship trust and communication can be developed.
Disabilities which can benefit include paralysis, autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, amputations, multiple sclerosis, head injury, developmental delays, learning disabilities, spina bifida, deaf, blind, and those who have experienced emotional or physical trauma.
Equi-Ed offers Therapeutic Recreational Vaulting by a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) instructor. Vaulting provides the opportunity for children to learn about horses, improve balance and flexibility, build strength and confidence, develop fine and gross motor skills and much more in a safe, educational environment.
To contact Equi-Ed about student enrollment, call (707) 5-HORSES (546-7737) or email email@example.com.
For enrollment, please download and complete the Medical Packet and Student Packet below. Students must complete and return these packets to participate with Equi-Ed. In addition, students must schedule a visit to meet staff and see the facility prior to their first lesson.
Intro Letter (PDF)
Medical Packet (PDF)
Student Packet (PDF)
Cancellation Policy (PDF)