How does horse riding help?

Horse riding provides exercise in 3 dimensions

Movement
Balance
Co-ordination

A physical, sensory and social experience

Horse riding teaches new skills and requires active involvement

Riders can be independant and in charge for a change – thus decision making skills are developed

Those who are wheelchair users can for once rise head and shoulders above everyone else

Promotes self discipline

Develops confidence

Improves self image

Social and communication skills are increased both with horse and helpers

Riders benefit from the opportunity to distribute care (to the horses) rather than always receiving it

Riding is a recongnised competitive sport but can be enjoyed at many levels

Riding stimulates the parts other forms of exercise cannot reach – a majority of our riders cannot exercise in any other way

Lessons can be designed to deliver most areas of the National Curriculum

But most of all it is FUN – IT IS THE HORSE THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!