The physical benefits of riding take place as the movement of the horse is transferred to the passive body of the rider. The three dimensional swinging gait of the horse causes the rider's pelvis, trunk and shoulder girdle to react in ways very similar to those of a natural human walking gait. The gentle movement of the horse stimulates a natural instinct for the riders to balance themselves and maintain good posture.
Cognitively, the riders develop their memory, their ability to concentrate, communication skills, the ability to plan and problem solve. As the rider's skills develop their self-esteem and confidence increases and they are encouraged to set higher goals for themselves.
It is well known that riding a horse provides many physical and emotional benefits for riders. But what happens if, for any reason, riding is no longer an option? The ConnectWell Therapeutic Riding Program has found the answer. It’s called carting.
In a driving session clients work with an experienced driver to hold their own reins, which are attached to the cart. They get to feel the movement of the cart, sit tall and engaged in their seats and learn voice commands while completing tasks like tossing balls in a hoop, doing puzzles or reaching for rings. It helps them with upper body strength, balance and fine motor skills.
This program is for ill or injured members of the military created in conjunction with Soldier On principals. Soldier On is a program serving the Canadian armed forces which offers all kinds of support to ill or injured members of the military.
The Soldier Ride is not a therapy session - but we are a therapeutic program so we teach lessons in a safe, non-judgmental and very private area. Nor is it a pony ride. It's a relatively intense one-on-one private lesson
Stable Thinking is a new program for youth at risk. Youth affected by bullying, with anxiety, trust issues, and unstable home environments need a place to be themselves and to be able to feel welcome and fit in. This program is not as much about learning riding skills, as it is about horsemanship and laying the groundwork for trust, communication and bonding with a horse.