Therapeutic Riding and Animal Assisted Therapy
This program is developed for individuals of all ages, schools, as well as community and youth organizations.
Big Hearts, Mini Hooves purpose is to introduce participants to basic horsemanship involving various aspects of its health, grooming, and handling of the miniature horse.
Learning Components may include:
- Safety, orientation and introduction to the miniature horse
- Health and grooming
- Horse handling safety
- Groundwork fundamentals
- Leading at walk/trot
- Working over/through obstacles
- Fun at liberty in arena.
Big Hearts-Mini Hooves
Equine Assisted Activities Mini Horse Program
Individuals gain tremendous benefits working with the horse such as physical exercise, emotional wellness, self-expression, and the opportunity for personal development by learning something new and unique. Classes are tailored to suit the needs of participants.
Through equine assisted activities and therapies, participants of all ages can improve anxiety, anger, fear and improve self-confidence and gain a sense of empowerment.
Programs offered help develop effective communication skills, build leadership and creative problem solving skills. The horse’s ability to read emotions, environmental cues, and subtle body language helps adults, children and youth focus their attention, improve their concentration, and maintain self-awareness while practicing being consistent.
Our Miniature Horse Program, "Big Hearts, Tiny Hooves" promotes active participation in a variety of unmounted educational activities involving miniature horses. This special program consists of ongoing, one hour weekly sessions. Minimum age to participate is 6 years. (4-5 years old can participate in a 30 minute session)