CCS clients and staff visited Leslie Jacob and her equine buddies at Jacob’s Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center in Hahira, GA. The Center is certified with NARHA instructors (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) who are certified to teach at locations like Jacob's Ladder. NARHA Centers advocate for equine assisted activities and therapies, and the members perform work to inspire and enrich the human spirit.
Many of the CCS clients choose to ride and groom the well mannered horses. With the help of CCS staff
and Jacob’s Ladders volunteers the day turned into a memorable event. Board Member, Cliff Adams is hoping to find away to make this adventure happen more frequently for those individuals who show interest in equine therapeutic activities.
Horseback riding for the disabled is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. The ability to control a horse as well as one's own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork. Best of all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience,which creates a special relationship between rider and horse and promotes personal challenges.
Four areas are considered during this therapeutic session.
Therapy- The goal of riding as therapy is to achieve measureablebehavioral, cognitive, physical, psychological and communication goals.
Education- The horse may serve as a motivatorto achieve educational goals for people who have psychological, behavior orcognitive impairments.
Recreation - Riding is aleisure activity enjoyed by many people with disabilities. Adaptations such asspecial saddles and reins or specialized instruction are provided in therecreation section of therapeutic riding.
Social-Being involved with a group of peers,volunteers and teachers helps build a foundation of social skills and cooperation.