Children with special needs benefitting from horse therapy

[MUSIC] We’ve combined the occupational therapy, which is traditionally done in a clinic,
or at home, or maybe in a school setting, but we’re able to do it here,
using the horses movement. And the reason that is so cool is
that the horse is super motivating. So kids that, they have certain
therapy goals and it’s a struggle for them, the horseback riding is so rewarding
that they’re more motivated to speak. They’re more motivated to
use their body and balance. They’re more motivated to socially engage,
make eye contact, all those kinds of things that therapists
work on in those traditional settings. Parents see a big jump, usually,
once they start the horseback riding. Hi.
>> Hello. [LAUGH]
All right, let’s face forward. >> It’s pretty wonderful,
just to see him enjoying himself, but developing and growing, and
gaining confidence that he can do things. And, gaining some more and more
independence through what he’s doing here, so, he helps take care of the horse,
he helps groom the horse, unlike every lesson, I’m seeing him getting more
independent, more confident with that. >> So, gradually,
you see them take those little steps in the direction you want them to go,
to grow and learn, yeah. And any progress is enjoyable to see. >> I know he can do things, but it’s been really great to
have this opportunity here, and to see him make this much progress,
and to really enjoy it as well. >> Are you ready for more? We gotta go put it away. It’s backwards now. Come on,
let’s go put it in the purple bag. [MUSIC]

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