The Herd has moved to Wild Iris Equestrian Center in Hiram, Maine for Winter Programming! Heated Barn & Arena and only a short lope from home!
Terminology in the Equestrian Arena ~ GSA currently Offers EAAL , Adaptive Riding and Para-Equestrian Coaching
Equine Assisted Activities & Learning:
Participants supported by educators and coaches rotate through stations of: Equine Experiential Learning Grooming Mounted Riding Horsemanship Life Skills Enhancement (Ages 3 and up)
Use of adaptive riding methods and tack to reach the highest level of independent horsemanship. There are overall health benefits and wellness with the goal of mastering skills in a nurturing environment. (Ages 5-adult)
Paralympic eligible riders independent of side-walkers and leaders will be coached in the beginning levels of dressage.
Treatment strategy by PT,OT and SLP Professionals using the movement of the horse to engage the sensorimotor system to create functional change in a client as part of an integrated plan of care
Jennifer Fraser PT PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor AHA Level One & Two Hippotherapy Specialist Trained
Heidi McBride Pike. CMT PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Marlee Fraser Walker BSW PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor USOC Certificate Pilot Program Para- Dressage Coach
Monica Huang Wu MS, OTR/L, HPCS PATH International Certified/ Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, MA Certified Riding Instructor
Christine Leach BS, CTRI PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
THE MOVEMENT OF THE HORSE The gait of a horse is repetitive, rhythmical, symmetrical and three-dimensional. This movement can provide numerous benefits to the rider such as:
Mobility to pelvis and spine Improvement in posture and muscle tone Improve balance and coordination Strength and flexibility Facilitation of speech and language
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HORSE AND RIDER The human-animal bond, non-verbal communication and success oriented activities promote emotional and cognitive benefits such as:
Improved self-esteem Increased attention span Increased motivation Increased self-confidence Enriched experience in sport and recreation
Meet the Horses!
Nuryev Trakhner (15'1'') Duke - Welsh x Shetland pony (12') Lucy - Quarter Horse (15'3'')
Dorito and Shadow: our new mini horse herd members!