Therapeutic riding helps individuals with special needs learn about horsemanship from the ground up—from grooming to tacking up, from warming up to mounting, from promoting thinking skills to building strength, balance and coordination, all while encouraging individual leadership skills.
Equine Assisted Learning
EAL provides abundant opportunities to interact with horses. The program teaches life, social and communications skills in group or private sessions. With programming developed by credentialed practitioners, students build relationships with horses and learn about healthy boundaries, body language, trust, respect and self-awareness.
School at the Barn
Students attend “School at the Barn” at Eden Farms for at least one full day a month. Prior to each visit, the teachers, a Happy Hooves Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and Happy Hooves’ Equine Assisted Learning coordinator plan activities that will engage the students in hands on learning that enhances and support the curriculum normally taught in their classroom. Using the horses and the facilities at Eden Farms, the teachers and Happy Hooves staff then spend an entire day guiding the students through equine related experiences and therapeutic horseback riding that often lead to surprising breakthroughs.
A program where high school students with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays experience hands-on learning and training to help prepare them for vocational skills once they graduate.