Saddle Up For Success
What is Saddle Up For Success?
This is a research based program developed for elementary and high school students with disabilities and other diverse needs. Research shows that equestrian programming provides these students the opportunity to develop stronger self-confidence, self regulation and coping skills so they can better deal with emotions and behaviours related to anxiety, anger, fear, and frustration. Simply having horses present in the same environment has shown to increase social engagement and provide a positive platform for learning new skills.
Programmed and facilitated by our Recreation Therapists with assistance from our certified equestrian instructors, the learning and experiential goals of each unique group will determine the activities planned for your Saddle Up For Success program.
Objectives of the Program
Through interaction with horses and recreating outdoors we will:
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Develop team building skills
- Encourage positive social interactions
- Explore a variety of communication strategies
- Explore emotions and behaviours
- Promote outdoor experiential learning
- Experience a sense of responsibility, respect and empathy towards other living things
Groups of 8-12 students are identified by teachers or parents who could benefit from this program. Frequency of the program is one day a week for a consecutive 4-8 weeks. Below is an outline of the daily schedule.
10:00am Experiential Equine Learning
11:15am Break 1
11:30am Horsemanship Arena Session
12:30pm Break 2
12:45pm Outdoor Recreation
What is the cost?
All student fees have been generously sponsored through a variety of private donors. The only group cost may be transportation if a bus is required. We encourage schools to source out transportation sponsors such as local Rotary Clubs.
How do you register?
The lead teacher will confirm the group participants, days and times. Well before the program starts, all participants must submit a completed Participant Application (by the parent/guardian) as well as a Professional Referral Form (completed by their classroom teacher or Educational Assistant).
Please contact Robyn Allen our Program Manager when you are ready to register or with any questions you may have. Office phone 519-986-1247 or email email@example.com.
We look forward to helping each student achieve success through a little equine magic!
Benoit Dube - Executive Director
Barb Sheperd - Development Officer
Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist
Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator (Interim)
Emma Houser - Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
Danielle Rose - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)
Ann-Ida Beck - Instructor (CanTRA CTRSI, PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)
Shannon Speer - Recreational Therapist
Gretel Stanish - Property & Barn Manager