What is Therapeutic Driving?
Therapeutic Carriage Driving is a fast growing component of Equine assisted therapies. It offers students with physical, mental, sensory, or emotional conditions the rewards of interaction and control of a horse while driving from a carriage seat. Using a horse and carriage gives participants an alternative or an addition to riding, opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, fatigue, fear of heights, the inability to sit astride, or other issues. Therapeutic Driving is all about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing, and driving skills to children and adults using teamwork. All Therapeutic Driving sessions are conducted by a PATH certified Driving Instructor and is accompanied by an able bodied whip. It takes 3 to 5 volunteers to make one driving turn out! Clients Include: Clients can include, the elderly, amputees, paraplegics, children (and adults) fearful of horses, and those with limited or no ability to sit astride a horse.
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