A Special Bond

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Therapeutic Riding at Horsefeathers is best described as a kinder, gentler riding lesson. Our lessons are taught by experienced instructors and those with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International certification.

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Horseback Riding has been seen to benefit the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being
of many individuals with a variety of disabilities and/or special needs. It is an activity which
requires a person to listen, anticipate, respond to, and trust their horse. Individuals who struggle
to express themselves verbally or those who may find difficulty “picking up” social cues often
excel when given the chance to communicate with a horse, working together in tandem. This
teamwork creates a bond between the rider and animal, but also encourages a trusting
relationship with the instructor.

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Having a disability does not have to limit a person from riding a horse. In fact, the rhythmic
movement of a horse’s gait mimics a human gait, and can be very beneficial. Learning to steer a
horse takes both the physical ability to hold and use the reins correctly and the ability to focus
on where you want the horse to go. Some individuals with limited or challenged mobility report
the sense of motion they experience while on horseback feels “very powerful” and “liberating”.
The sense of accomplishment that comes from horseback riding can greatly enhance anyone’s
self-esteem.