Adaptive riding is recreational horseback riding lessons for people with special needs. Here at Grace Under the Oaks, this is taught by PATH, Intl. certified instructors and is available for children and adults meeting our health and safety requirements. Participants find that the connection with the horses and equine activities enhance their lives and gives them the tools to overcome their challenges, providing them with the tools to overcome the trials of daily life.
Grace Under the Oaks serves children and adults with a variety of mental, physical, and emotional challenges. Instructors design and monitor individualized lessons for each student to address their physical, emotional, and social needs while learning horsemanship and riding skills.
Benefits of our Services
Physical - The three-dimensional motion of the horse provides the rider hip, back, and core action that simulates natural walking. Riding relaxes and strengthens muscles and improves body tone, posture, balance, joint mobility, and coordination.
Emotional - Contact with horses and horsemanship training provides a non-competitive setting for learning. New abilities, self-discipline, and improved concentration build self-confidence and emotional well-being.
Participation in our programs can also foster a foundation of trust and emotional connection between both animals and humans alike.
Social - Horseback riding nurtures a positive self-image. Riders may, for the first time in their lives, experience some independence and a sense of being part of a team. It is an opportunity for them to interact with other rides and their team, building relationships that will further enhance their positive self-image.