Grooming horses helps increase fine and gross motor skills by simply brushing the horse’s body. The process of grooming can be used to help increase an individual’s academic skills, communication, memory recall, and speech.
The motions used to groom also help to improve eye-hand coordination, flexibility, range-of-motion and upper body strength. In addition to the physical benefits of grooming, the process of grooming helps to create a bond between the horse and the human, which helps to decrease anxiety, depression, and in some cases fear. In exchange it builds a relationship between horse and rider that promotes respect for one’s self and others, and self-confidence.
Through the grooming process individuals experience a wide range of sensory and tactile stimulation from the feel of the horse’s body to the feel of the grooming tools and the sensations they produce.
EAL is an unmounted program where the horse and student work together through activities chosen based on each person's individual goals. EAL helps in building personal development skills, essential life skills, such as self-awareness, confidence, trust, respect, communication, and patience. In addition, the ability to work as a team with such a large and powerful animal builds self-esteem and self-confidence.
We offer custom built programs for both individuals and groups.
In this class, the participant will learn all aspects of horsemanship. This includes
but is not limited to horse anatomy, grooming, first aid and healthcare, feeding
and watering, leading and lunging, and horse breeds, colors and history. On the
ground, the participant is able to tend to their horse and experience a stronger
bond than riding alone. It is also a great way to strengthen social skills and gain
independence. Ages 8+