It’s what you CAN do that matters

The AVCP has provided horse riding and carriage driving sessions for adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities since 2005. Both horse riding and carriage driving are rewarding and beneficial and run throughout the year at regular intervals. Activity sessions are up to 30 minutes long and take place in the riding arena, woodland rides and fields. 

Why horse riding?

Riding a horse has been recognised as a beneficial source of exercise for over two thousand years. Beyond the benefits of sitting astride the horse’s physical movement, horse riding allows the participant to enjoy being in the countryside, connect with horses, make new friends and work towards new personal ambitions.

So, how is horse riding therapeutic?

  • The horse’s movement, which is multidimensional, variable, rhythmic and repetitive improves the muscle tone, posture, co-ordination, strength, flexibility and cognitive skills of the rider.
  • The horses gait closely mimics that of a human, riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner comparable to walking. 
  •  A horse’s body runs 4-5 degrees higher than a humans, extra warmth can help reduce spasticity and stretch muscles. 
  • There are psychological benefits to horse riding, an improvement in self-confidence, general sense of wellbeing, better emotional control and self- discipline.

Why carriage driving?

For some participants mounting and riding a horse is not an option, carriage driving can offer an interesting and achievable alternative. For other participants driving is their first choice, enjoying the company of the carriage driver sitting beside them and the responsiveness and obedience of the pony pulling the carriage. The driving session is comfortable and achievable for those not used to regular physical exercise.

So, how is carriage driving beneficial?

  • Carriage driving promotes balance
  • Helps improve muscle tone and core muscle strength
  • Helps improve co-ordination
  • Increases confidence and self esteem
  • Provides a stimulating and meaningful experience
  • Good exercise
  • Helps promote good communication skills
  • Allows measurement of progression

If you would like more information about the activities we provide please contact us and include a contact telephone number with your enquiry.