My son who is autistic has been riding and doing art therapy at Equestrian Connection for four years. It is an incredibly warm, accepting environment with an amazing no-fail attitude. Even when most would have said riding was not for him, the staff persisted and now he can't wait to get on the horse. Through his art therapy, he has a voice.
I am part of a Multiple Sclerosis group of adults at EC. The physical and emotional improvements for each one of us has been astounding and include: balance, gait, core strength, cognition and confidence. MS strikes young adults usually between the ages of 25-50....the EC team has helped me cope with and improve my unexpectedly changing body.
By focusing on the entire family of the rider, the warm natured people at Equestrian Connections literally saved my family's emotional health over a five year period. The staff and volunteers and the horses are extremely well trained and are chosen for something that just can not be taught - sincere compassion. My son had hippo therapy here which was covered by insurance. The art therapy was not covered but was worth every penny. Julie, the art therapist, helped my son process many feelings, especially after the death of his grandpa. I will forever be grateful to everyone at the barn.
My son has been riding weekly at Equestrian Connection for over two years. He has diplegic cerebral palsy and riding has helped his balance and to stretch out his very tight leg muscles. Working closely with the brilliant instructor - Linda - we have focused on strengthening and now James is able to do three laps of 'up-downs' on his moving pony. importantly he does this hard work and still has fun!
The horses are wonderful, the volunteers are caring and well trained and the atmosphere is one of compassion and fun.
Thank you everyone at Equestrian Connection :)