The Power of the Horse
Horse related activities are an enjoyable form of healthy, outdoor exercise. They are exciting, challenging and motivational. The skills that individuals gain are transferable to many aspects of daily life.
HorsePower Australia coaches work with participants, parents, teachers and carers to ensure they each have a program that takes into account their abiliites, needs and personal goals. Safety standards and policies are in place to ensure minimum risk to those involved, and horses and ponies are specially selected and trained for participation in HorsePower Australia programs.
HorsePower Australia Programmes help develop, increase and improve:
Physical abilities: Muscle tone, balance, coordination, muscle strength, flexibility, fitness, posture, gait (ability to walk), respiration, circulation, metabolism, sensory perception and integration, independence: self-care and mobility.
Psychological abilities: Concentration, problem solving and decision making, insight, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, learning/practicing concepts e.g. letters, numbers, colours, distances, shapes etc.
Social abilities: Communication and social skills, learning appropriate behaviour and manners, interaction with peers: individuals and groups, human/animal contact and bonding, building relationships, consideration for others and taking on responsibility.
Recreational/sport/vocational abilities: Equestrian skills and horse management, develop interests, broaden experiences, challenge and success in competition with self and others, stimulation and/or relaxation, integration and community participation, work experience.