Horseback @ the Ranch
Therapeutic Riding Lessons through certified instructors
Wag-ville is India’s first therapeutic riding center with certified instructors.
Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) or Therapeutic Riding includes equine activities and/or an equine environment in order to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in persons suffering from ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Depression, Developmental Delay, Genetic Syndromes (such as Down Syndrome), traumatic brain injuries, behavioral issues, abuse issues, and many other mental health problems.
It is extremely important to note that the objective of EAT is not to teach an individual horseback riding skills but to address several physiological and psychological aspects in combination with other forms of therapy such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological therapy.
Therapeutic riding activities are developed on a case to case basis, with a specific goal plan and activities are reviewed from time-to-time.
Psychological benefits – EAT can help the individual build confidence, self- efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn boundaries. Since horses have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, it is easy for the patients to create a connection with the horse.
Physiological benefits – Also, the gait of a horse is known to be similar to the gait of a human, enabling riders develop muscle tone and enhanced upper body balance, enabling Proprioception – the neurological ability of the body to sense movement and position.
Equine-Assisted Therapies have been recognized in the medical and mental health field by most major countries.
Some examples of EAT activities include:
Basic Riding Lessons
The ability to control a horse as well as one’s own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork.
Horseback riding helps develop posture, strength and flexibility while also teaching the rider important teamwork and cooperation skills, while developing all-round confidence. Best of all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which creates a special relationship between rider and horse and promotes personal challenges.
Riders not only learn to ride the horse but also learn how to tack a horse, basic grooming skills, maintaining tack and equipment, feeding horses etc. helping riders bond with horses while also creating a greater sense of responsibility.