Equine Therapy for Special Needs
Children with disabilities are taught to ride a horse, focusing on their weaknesses as well as strengths. They are taught proper grooming, proper balance, how to make the horse do what they want when riding as well as on the ground. Games are used in the round-pen to work on coordination, sensory issues, and balance, as well as following directions and learning to trust the horse. This also works on building their core muscles.
Brenda Hollingsworth, R.N., works with children with disabilities, including autism, ADD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, eating disorders, and other social and/or physical handicaps. Brenda has 9+ years of experience with horses and 20+ years in pediatric nursing.