The program is not only offered to individuals with physical and emotional disabilities. We welcome anyone in the community who will benefit from the program. Cancer patients find that the largeness and strength of the equine instructor offers them the opportunity to focus more on the instructor than their own illness.
One of the major areas is that of communication. Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, and other disorders that inhibit communication and mobility, have the opportunity to relate to equine-assisted therapy in a structured easy going environment.
The exchange of trust between a horse and an individual encourages a relationship of support, structure and socialization. It encourages communication both verbally and non-verbally. Leading or riding a horse around an arena helps the individual to concentrate on just the task they are doing rather than everything all at once. It may be a nonverbal, or verbal communication.