THERAPEUTIC RIDING AT MAJODA STABLES
Therapeutic Riding at Majoda Stables
Forms may be printed out from the website, and must be completed before the first mounted lesson.
Our Therapeutic Riding Program Needs Volunteers
VOLUNTEERING FOR THERAPEUTIC RIDING AT MAJODA STABLES
Come volunteer and benefit from the joy we each experience while we are with the horses.
Feel the satisfaction of contributing to the physical and emotional well-being of our students.
Participate in our Volunteer Training Program: Learn how to care for, lead and side walk our horses.
Learn Natural Horsemanship: how to exercise and communicate with our horses naturally!
We welcome you and your skills to our program; we value what you enjoy ~
Managerial, administrative and organizational skills are needed, too.
No equine experience necessary!
Riding on horseback offers many benefits and advantages for individuals with learning and communication differences, emotional and social issues, and physical differences.
The physical motion of the horse stimulates the areas of the brain having to do with walking. It is rhythmical and has a cadence that the human body can respond to. It helps the rider to develop balance, coordination, and rhythm through the use of exercises and activities.
Communicating with the horse, whether it be with verbal commands, or physical signals using the hands and legs, results in the horse performing the tasks the rider has asked for. It is possible to set up situations in which the rider can experience immediate success.
Grooming the horse before or after the ride has the student using gross motor skills. The student needs to grasp the brush firmly, and is often required to switch hands for brushing different parts of the horse’s body. The activity of grooming requires the student to cross the midline. It is a wonderful way to connect to the horse in a non-threatening way.
We have found that, in our frenzied and hectic lives, the peaceful and serene farm environment soothe the soul.
Every time you interact with a horse, it's an opportunity to build relationship!
Testimonial from Logan's Dad:
Is therapy riding at Majoda Stables helping my son, Logan, overcome autism- I don't know. What I do know is that Logan LOVES to ride. He is always excited to go see his favorite horse, Pablo. He is always excited to see Mr. Bill and Ms. Diane, his knowledgeable, friendly and very compassionate instructors. He is always ready to trot and let out a belly laugh like no other. Does this help him overcome the restraints of autism? I really don't know. I do know that riding therapy gets Logan out of the house, brings him into contact with beautiful animals, allows him to interact with different people, and provide him with the opportunity to do something he truly loves. As a parent, who could ask for more? Typically developed kids have their "thing" (baseball,soccer,skateboarding, karate,etc.), and for Logan, he has found his "thing" at Majoda Stables. Jeff Anderson
Social, emotional and physical rewards!
Autistic,Special Needs and Learning Disabled Students:
Horses can assist these students with maintaining focus, impulse control, communication, social skills, sensory integration and behavior management. These students start their relationship on the ground and learn to form a partnership which allows them to mount when the time is right. Even pre-school age children benefit from being first introduced to smaller animals, such as our ponies, goats, cats and chickens!
Our students will come to us with a wide variety of disabilities. We focus on their abilities and cause them to continue to develop their own strengths. Each student will provide current reports from medical and education professionals. Our instructors use this information to develop individual lesson plans and goals with the student. Together we create measurable markers and celebrate those when reached.
We start our relationship with all our students in an initial meeting where we meet, exchange paperwork, begin to discuss our goals and meet the horses of course. All students must complete our application packet and must meet with an instructor or therapist before being.
Depending on their individual needs, a student may be scheduled for either mounted or unmounted activities. We allow the students the time they need to create a trust between the horse and the human. In some cases, our students prefer to play on the ground with their new found equine friend before they get on. In this way we can allow the relationship to naturally progress. We call this therapeutic horsemanship. Our professional staff will be happy to discuss these options with you. We are excited and pleased to have the opportunity to serve you.