ADAPTIVE RIDING (AR)
Adaptive Riding (AR) involves mounted activities, including traditional riding disciplines, taught by knowledgeable and skilled instructors to people with disabilities or diverse needs. The focus is on learning equestrian skills, with use of modified techniques and / or adaptive equipment as needed, to support skill development. Adaptive riding sessions are one-on-one and are open to ages four and above. While independent riding is encouraged, side walkers and spotters are available when needed.
Additional mounting assistance at Hoofprint Meadows is aided by mounting blocks and a ramp.
Adherence to PATH Intl. Industry standards require helmet use for all mounted activities.
AR necessitates that a participant is cleared for riding by a physician since horseback riding is considered a high risk activity and many medical conditions may be worsened if riding is contraindicated.
Who can benefit from ADAPTIVE RIDING?
Adaptive Riding is for anyone interested in horsemanship who requires extra support for safe riding. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Anxious or fearful riders
- Individuals living with:
- Special needs
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Motor or muscle weakness
- Developmental delays
- Learning differences
- Cognitive limitations
- Sensory & perception issues
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Hearing Impairment
Benefits of ADAPTIVE RIDING
Individual participation in Adaptive Riding can help with:
- Following directions
- Building self-confidence & self-esteem
- Improving communication skills
- Developing balance
- Developing relationships
- Learning responsibility
- Learning horsemanship & riding skills
- Stress release
- Leisure & enjoyment