Equestrian Connection

Equestrian Connection offers our patients and their families opportunities for in-depth experiences with horses in small group settings. Each event is designed around participants with similar diagnoses, so kids and their families can network, make friends and support each other with shared challenges. It is free of charge for our patients, and offers both single-day and overnight experiences.

Why horses?

Horses are social animals. They have roles in their herds similar to the roles in human families and social groups. They provide experiential learning and immediate feedback because they are sensitive to the thoughts and emotions of people.

Events

Equestrian Connection offers single-day programs or overnight camps, and participation is free of charge for patients and their families, but donations are welcome. Events are held at various Atlanta-area horse facilities. Participants follow tailored schedules that ensure plenty of up-close encounters with horses that may include:

  • Adaptive horseback riding: Learn the basics on how to ride and communicate with a horse
  • Horsemanship: In this hands-on activity, learn facts about horses and how to care for them
  • Therapeutic carriage driving: Learn to drive a real carriage, and use new skills in fun, therapeutic games
  • Horse-assisted growth and learning: Interact with horses as they walk freely in an arena, and take part in activities led by a certified and licensed counselor
  • Arts and crafts: Make a variety of horse-themed crafts to take home as souvenirs of your Equestrian Connection experience

How can my child participate?

Your child must be at least 6 years of age and have independent sitting balance. To be contacted for Equestrian Connection events that match your child’s diagnosis, complete the form below.

Resources

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)

American Hippotherapy Association

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