What is it?
At the PAHS Farm in Clarendon we offer a range of different individual programs with our horses. The minimum age for our horse riding programs is 5 years, for younger children we offer our little pony groups, but this group does not include riding.
Prior to attending the farm, all participants are required to complete paperwork including an intake and waiver form. Once we receive this information we create a service agreement, which can be sent out to you to Doco Sign or can be left at the clinic for you to sign next time you come in. You are also more than welcome to contact our group coordinator to discuss any aspects of the program.
The benefits of engaging in a horse program:
There are many benefits of engaging in a horse or animal based program. Getting outside in the fresh air, having fun, trying new things, engaging with our gorgeous horses and other animals are all valid reasons to try horse or animal based activities. But there are many other reasons to try a horse program including:
- The horse’s movements have a dynamic effect on the rider’s body, improving coordination, posture and core strength, balance and increasing muscle tone/strength.
- Warm up activity’s cross the midline, working on balance and coordination while improving fitness and endurance.
- The horse and the riding environment offer a wide variety of sensory input to participants. Movement exploration on the horse combining with other sights and sounds of the farm contribute to the overall sensory experience.
- The horse provides a strong motivator for participants. Riding sessions incorporate activities and games on horseback designed to help each participant achieve goals such as following directions, staying on task, colour and number recognition, and reinforcing existing skills as well as learning new ones.
- For some participants the success of overcoming fear and anxiety and the ability to achieve riding skills help them to realize self-worth and increase self-esteem.
- Socially, the program and associated activities provide an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with their peers, program, and staff in a positive and enjoyable environment, improving communication and social interactions.
- The horse, rider, coach and therapist make up a unique team providing an opportunity for physical, emotional, social, recreational, and educational gains for participants.
We offer 3 programs including:
A beginner program for someone who has little to no experience with horses
A novice program for a rider who can mount and dismount unassisted, is capable of applying basic aids, is comfortable and in control at the walk.
An intermediate program is for a rider who is confident, in control and able to do a rising trot.
At the end of each program the participant receives a certificate and ribbon of completion and are eligible to go up to the next level. For participants that may take a little longer to reach the different levels, they still receive a ribbon of participation and certificate.
We also have a special event at the last session where participants can invite family members to come along, share some snack foods, and meet their horse.
Each participant has their own horse, at least 1 instructor/coach (to lead the horse and support the participant). A second person (side walker) maybe required if there are concerns regarding balance/mobility to ensure that all runs smoothly and safety.
*The level of support required can be discussed further with our staff at the intake meeting