Each child has a different potential unique and distinctive just to them. Children are NOT their disability. Mental and emotional improvements are also seen through the calm assertive nature that is required in interacting with the horses. Once the students mount their horse they move at their own pace through a 70 plus step program meant to focus on balance and coordination.
The movement of the horse causes the brain to rebuild synapses missing or injured due to trauma or mental disabilities. These changes improve communication from one side of the brain to the other. Students also benefit from the isometric exercise that riding provides that builds core, leg and arm muscles.
As students progress and improve in their horse riding abilities they advance into a typical lesson format where they focus more on independent riding skills and learning to control the horse in various ways. It is this progression that builds self-confidence and self-esteem