Seeking Independence, Finding Balance

GAIT’s Mission

To improve the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine activities and therapies resulting in a more independent life in society

Why Horses?

Riding and working with horses allows participants to learn through visual, auditory, and tactile methods. These interactions with the horse allow participants to explore their environment and gain new life skills through experiential learning. Establishing a partnership between horse and rider builds trust and increases confidence as they learn to work together.

The natural three-dimensional movement of the horse cannot be replicated in any other therapeutic setting. The horse’s constant motion engages both mind and body as the rider adjusts to maintain balance. As the horse’s body swings side to side, lifts up and down, and rocks back and forth, the human mind must problem-solve to stay balanced and re-balance with every step. This transference of movement from the horse to the human body motivates the rider to stay focused while strengthening core muscles, increasing flexibility, and engaging the mind.