Therapeutic adaptive vaulting, or better named horseback riding in different positions, is offered one-on-one for special needs individuals. Vaulting can be done at the halt, walk, trot or canter. Most students quickly relax and harmonize with the horse, gaining balance, coordination, and body strength through the constant stimulation of countless muscles. All sorts of exercises, done as an individual or as a pair, provide a variety and sense of achievement, which is a great boost for the rider's self-esteem--not to mention the FUN! There are also opportunities to participate in local competitions or shows and earn ribbons!
We use special equipment: a comfortable, non-slippery pad on the horse's back, and a surcingle with two big handles instead of a traditional saddle. This allows the rider to feel closer to the horse, to change positions (backwards, knees, etc.), and to hold on when desired. The lungeur or leader controls the horse, which makes it very safe and allows the rider to focus on what they are doing. In addition, we use side walkers as needed and occasionally a back rider for safety and instruction. All lessons are open to individuals of ALL ages and abilities. Taught privately or semi-privately with one of our PATH Certified instructors. Cost is $30 per 30 minute lesson.
Check out this article which gives more information on our Adaptive Vaulting Program: "Vaulting to New Heights"
Testimonial: "My special-needs great-nephew, Nathan, has been taking weekly riding and vaulting lessons with Karin for about 12 years. He started when he was five years old and standing with a walker. At first, Nathan would only ride on the horse, with Karin leading and I was walking beside him.
Riding helped Nathan learn to walk. Over the years riding and vaulting strengthened his muscles, raised his self-esteem, helped him with rehab after various surgeries, given him goals to work towards, and provided a community outside the home where he had a sense of belonging. He has had a lot of fun riding and vaulting at Karin’s stable, and also at occasional competitions that Karin would take her students to. Nathan would win ribbons for his accomplishments at the competitions, which was such a wonderful experience for him. He was the first special needs individual to compete in a national vaulting competition, which will pave the way for others.
Through the years, I’ve seen Karin positively affect the lives of children and adults affected by autism, Down’s Syndrome, chromosome disorders, car accidents, developmental delay, emotional struggles, and many other difficult challenges. Her program has been a life-enhancing experience for many. I am personally very grateful for the help she has given Nathan and others over many years." -Pat
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