What are the benefits?
Using riding games, trail rides and challenges suited to the abilities of the riders, therapeutic riding:
- Improves balance, coordination, posture and reflexes
- Increases strength, mobility, flexibility and muscle tone
- Enhances concentration and learning ability
- Helps develop confidence, trust, responsibility and cooperation
- Encourages socialization and friendships
- And above all – it’s fun & exciting!
Who may participate?
Any individual with a developmental or physical disability benefits from riding. Challenges may include: accidental impairment, ADD/ADHD or autism, Cancer, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, hearing or visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, stroke or traumatic brain damage, and other special needs. Suitable candidates are referred by doctors, therapists, family, friends and volunteers.
Group lessons are in the Spring Camp Chief Hector (May – June), and in the Fall Camp Chief Hector (September – October). Other times may be arrangement.
SPRING LESSONS: Fridays: May 6, 13, 27 & June 3, 10 Sundays: May 8, 16, 30 & June 6, 13
SPRING HORSEMANSHIP: BVRA Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 24, 31 June 7 Wednesdays: May 4, 11, 25 June 1, 8 Thursday: May 5, 12, 26 June 2, 9
CCH Fridays: May6, 13, 27 & June 3, 10
We will update members & participants with regards to coVID-19 protocols for 2022, keeping in line with CanTRA, Alberta Equine Federation and Camp Chief Hector.
See our note under News & Events
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