The fifth and final organization that my students worked with this semester was The Equestrian Association for the Disabled (T.E.A.D.)
T.E.A.D. provides therapeutic horse riding lessons for people with physical and cognitive/communication disabilities.
It operates on a 92 acre farm in Port Hope, Ontario, with a very small staff, an active board of directors, and more than 250 volunteers! More than 300 riders per year take lessons with T.E.A.D., but they have growing waiting list.
Riding has many benefits including:
- development of mobility, balance, and coordination
- improvement of muscle tone and strength
- development of confidence and motivation
- increased concentration and improved learning skills
- a fun and challenging form of recreation