The Farm offers volunteer training and fosters safe and effective therapeutic riding through promotional events and awareness campaigns.
Therapeutic riding reduces spasms, atrophy, incontinence and high blood pressure. The activities are designed to increase balance, mobility, body awareness, circulation, strength, co-ordination, muscle tone and endurance. The benefits to education and cognitive development from therapeutic riding include improved communication, behaviour, task management, sequential and cognitive thinking. Activities with the volunteers (who work one-on-one with the clients) facilitate social contact, build confidence, develop self-esteem and increase the development of social interaction skills with the children, and even for the volunteer staff who work with them.
Therapeutic Riding is a physical therapy, it’s special education and it’s adapted recreation. Our Therapeutic Riding instructor began in 1990 with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and was fully certified; but left CanTRA in 2012 so that she would be able to offer the Horse Boy program (not recognized by CanTRA).
Equipment, lesson content helpers and horse activities are all chosen depending on the individual rider. Activities take place in the stable, on the trails, in the riding ring, in the Horse Boy Paddock, on the rails to trails network and around Blockhouse. Lessons are by appointment. If the child is accepted after an assessment (to ensure that the program will be of value to the individual), registration is completed with a written doctor’s referral, liability waiver and rider insurance. Volunteers are specially trained and are enthusiastic coaches and become special friends.
Hinchinbrook Farm special annual events include Open Stable, Autism Awareness Day, Easter Eggs & Horses, Annual Family Picnic at the Farm, Halloween & Horses, and Christmas Eve in the Stable.