Frequently Asked Questions about our Riding Program
WHAT TYPE OF DISABILITIES BENEFIT FROM THERAPEUTIC RIDING?
Here is a list of just some of the disabilities;
Cerebral palsy, Stroke, Epilepsy and Seizures, Hydrocephalus, TBI, Spinal Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Emotional Disorders, Hearing Impairment.
HERE IS A LIST OF THE BENEFITS OUR PONIES AND HORSES PROVIDE;
Improvement of balance, development of coordination, mobilization of trunk and pelvis, strengthening of muscles, normalization of muscle tone, prevention of contractures, increased confidence and self-esteem, improvement of attention span, promotion of independence, improvement of social integration, access to recreation, sport and/or competition.
HOW TO APPLY;
Contact Pat Bullock or Kendra Abbey at 905-655-5827 x 221 and they will guide you through the necessary forms required. Once they are filled out and signed by the doctor a visit to the farm is suggested. We need to have the physician form on file and meeting the rider gives us a better idea of which pony or horse would be appropriate. A trial ride can also be arranged at a cost of $40 once the medical form is received.
Our sessions run from 8 to 14 weeks depending on the time of year. The rider will be signed up for the complete session.
IS THERE A WEIGHT RESTRICTION?
The maximum weight allowed is between 72.5kg – 81kg. (160lbs – 180lbs) depending on the disability. We must keep the good will of our horses and because of the balance issues they deal with on their backs we cannot exceed these weights.
HOW DOES A LESSON LOOK?
A new rider will have someone leading their horse and possibly one or two side walkers, depending on the disability. A rider can possibly progress to having just one side walker and a leader, to just a leader or to riding completely independently.
DO THEY RIDE INSIDE OR OUT?
We have both an indoor and outdoor arena. Depending on the weather we will ride either inside or out.
WILL THERE BE SOMEONE TO HELP WHEN MY CHILD IS ON THE HORSE?
Yes, WindReach Farm Instructors and Volunteers are there to assist all riders as required. This includes horse leaders and side walkers.
DO I HAVE TO BUY A HELMET?
No, WindReach Farm has helmets available for use