Certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Winslow’s instructors have extended training in working with adults and children with various disabilities, tailoring each lesson to the needs of the lesson participant. During adaptive riding sessions, we work with each lesson participant to teach the skills necessary to work towards becoming independent equestrians. Our instructors are knowledgeable in mounted and unmounted skills, and can adapt each lesson to the needs of the lesson participant when they arrive. No matter what we teach in each lesson, participants will continue to grow as equestrians by gaining valuable knowledgeable.
Winslow’s PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors are also educated in developing lesson plans that can help the lesson participant reach life goals. Working towards your driver’s license!? Our instructors can incorporate sequencing and safety awareness into lessons! Having trouble socializing at school!? We have plenty of people to talk to here at Winslow…let’s get chatting. Low in confidence? Horses know exactly how to instill that into their partners! Horsemanship skills promote independence, help to develop social skills and confidence, teach empathy and respect, provide sensory input and encourage balance, and can increase muscle tone and strength. There are so many more benefits to riding! Adaptive lessons are a great way to build life skills while becoming an experienced equestrian.
Traditional lesson participants learn the fundamentals of mounted and unmounted horsemanship from the ground up! We focus on the partnership between equine and rider, and what it takes to be the best team possible in the ring. Learning how to communicate non-verbally with your equine as well as how to care for, groom, and tack your equine are an important complement to riding. When riding, we teach how to communicate riding skills to the equine, but on the ground, we teach you how to communicate with your horse and get to know them as your partner, friend, and teammate. This rounded approach to horsemanship helps to develop strong partnerships and the most respectful equestrians.
Traditional riding lessons also help to instill confidence in individuals and provide them with a unique accomplishment to make them proud. In addition, there are many benefits to riding such as development of increased balance and muscle tone, confidence and respect for others, communication and social skills, and more!