For more than 20 years, Rainbow Riders has operated a therapeutic riding program to help Newfoundland and Labrador children grow and develop despite physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities – all through horseback riding and equine-assisted learning activities.
By uniting these children with an equine partner and a team of volunteers, Rainbow Riders provides the rider with a progressive form of therapy, improving the rider’s strength, circulation, muscle tone and sensory integration. Through therapeutic riding, horses help physically and mentally challenged children achieve things that may seem impossible. They help an autistic child make connections and improve communication skills. They lend a six-year-old child, confined since birth to a wheelchair, legs to run through a field.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
Improved balance and muscle strength
Improved coordination and faster reflexes
Improved gross and fine motor skills
Increased muscular control
Increased self-esteem and self-image