is a very goal oriented sport that builds on the mental, physical, and
emotional capabilities of its participants. As a recreational activity,
it introduces young children to the horse, teaches them self-confidence,
trust for the horse, discipline and body coordination. Therapy Voltige/Riding
improves rhythm, balance, posture and, seat and is a widely accepted
form of therapy for mental and physical fitness and growth. It is a
sport where the horse, the body and the mind of the student move in
The rhythmic, three-dimensional
movement of the horse promotes general physical fitness, normalizes
muscle-tone, improves balance reactions, and strengthens the muscles
of the participant. Our therapeutic program is conducted in such a way
that the physical and mental abilities of the individual voltigeur are
enhanced. This valuable aid for teaching children who are developmentally
delayed, learning disabled, or emotionally disturbed is second to none.
By working with horses and also with children of various ages, participants
will be learning "co-operative team-behaviour", responsibility,
and a wide range of physical education. A safer relationship between
people and horses will also result.
Every participant, regardless
of age, level of training or expertise can experience enjoyment and
a feeling of individual and team achievement. Children with a wide range
of physical, mental, and emotional conditions, such as visual impairments,
mental and social difficulties, learning difficulties, autism, and Down's
syndrome, participate in the therapeutic voltige/riding program.