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We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting intake applications for therapeutic riding, adaptive beginner riding instruction, non-riding and horsemanship programs.
Eligible participants include people of all ages with physical disabilities, developmental delay, trauma, challenges surrounding mental health, problems with substance abuse, and those seeking emotional support.
About Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic riding uses horses for the purpose of providing physical, emotional, social and cognitive support to people with various challenges and disabilities. Although therapeutic riding has yet to be formally recognized as "therapy" in the clinical sense, the benefits of human/horse interactions are well documented and include:
emotional and mental support in a non-judgmental and inclusive environment
learning to recognize nonverbal communication
enhanced social development
increased independence, self-esteem, confidence and resiliency
improved physical health
increased attention span, leading to better academic outcomes
Through controlled and assisted movements between the horse and its rider, therapeutic riding supports participants in their physical development, improving their range of motion, balance, muscle tone and strengthening underused or underdeveloped muscles. It also addresses poor posture and improves both gross and fine motor skills for greater body awareness. As these skills improve and develop, so does participants' ability to stay on task for a longer duration of time.
Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. offers therapeutic riding, non-riding and horsemanship programs for youth and adults in need, by way of an individualized riding program, volunteerism or work placement. We at Walkabout Farm are a not for profit charitable organization. To operate as such, we are relying on financial contributions to develop and sustain a foundation for a specialized community service needed in the Haliburton Highlands at little or no cost to its participants.
An important component of horses as emotional support animals is the bond that participants establish with their equine partner, creating an environment of respect, teamwork and trust, and contributing to personal growth. Commonly, the simple act of being up close and personal with a horse, engaging all of one's available senses, opens a pathway to greater self-awareness and enhanced social development.
Click here to read testimonials from some of our participants.
An Update About Casey
Casey's health has continued to improve over the last four months that he's been at Walkabout Farm. We've enjoyed watching him gain weight, confidence, and his interactions with our family and visitors. He truly is a gentle giant who has settled in nicely with his new herd. We value and appreciate the donations of feed through our friends at the Minden Mercantile & Feed Co. Inc. As you can imagine, Casey needs to eat a lot of groceries to put the weight he needs back on.
How can you help? We have an account at the Minden Mercantile for grain donations if anyone wants to help fatten him up. $25 / Super Fibra Plus.
We have an account set up at Haliburton Veterinary Services to assist in Casey's ongoing medical expenses. You can also donate an item to our fundraiser Casey's Crafts and promote your craft or business while helping us care for our therapy horses.
As a community farm, we encourage hands-on support of our horses, large or small, there is a fit for everyone and through guidance, even beginners can help us help him. We are inviting you to be a part of his story.
"Trauma does not define us or impede our progress, potential or growth"
To download the Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. business outline in .PDF format, click here.
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