The adaptive riding program at Laughing Buck Farm delivers equine assisted activities (EAA) and equine facilitated learning (EFL) to individuals with cognitive, physical and social/emotional special needs. Participants will experience horsemanship lessons with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International certified instructors who are also PATH Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning.
"Our son has benefited so much from therapeutic riding at Laughing Buck Farm. It has been a ray of positive light during this pandemic for him. The instructor he works with is amazing, receptive and really "gets him". He comes home refreshed and energized from his time at the farm. We can also see our son making strides in his social-emotional development, physical awareness and empathy as a result of his work at LB. There is no question in our minds that joining the horses and instructors at Laughing Buck is one of the best decisions we could have made for our son."
The horse's movement provides the sensory input of a precise, repetitive pattern of movement very similar to the movement of a person's pelvis during normal human gait. The 3-D movement of the horse's back simulates the human gait.
The horse's center of gravity shifts forward/backward, up and down and side to side just as the human's does. Rotation results as a combination of the three movements.
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