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Therapeutic Driving is a unique equine activity designed to help people with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social challenges to address their personal life skills. This program provides participants with the opportunity to groom, harness, hitch, and drive. All lessons are conducted with a trained volunteer and a PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor. Therapeutic driving provides another unique connection with the horse both on the ground and in the carriage.

Benefits of Therapeutic Driving

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Physical Benefits

  • Improved balance

  • Improved coordination

  • Improved core strength and resulting posture

  • Improved Dexterity

Cognitive Benefits

  • Awareness of safety

  • Recognition of left and right

  • Spatial awareness

  • Increased awareness and focus

  • Following directions

  • Task analysis and the importance of procedure

Emotional Benefits

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Sense of empowerment

  • Increased confidence

  • Sense of independence

Social Benefits

  • Shared activity

  • Teamwork

  • Empathy for the horse

  • Unique and empowering activity

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