disabled / autistic horse riding sessions in bolton

SEN & Neurodiverse Sessions

SEN & neurodiverse sessions 0 to 12 year olds, maximum weight to ride 6 stone, option to lead instead.

These sessions are tailored to suit specific needs and are introduced at the child’s pace to teach not only the love of horses but also communication, language, feelings and much more.

We have podd and pecs in use for visual aid communication in all of our areas, these are also available to purchase in advance or on the day to take home for use in your own visual timetable to prepare for the day.

Our sessions are very sensory and our areas are filled with many different sensory activities and items. The space is very relaxed and calm, we endeavour to keep noise to a minimum so that all you really hear are the birds above us in the trees and the sound of children’s excitement.

The ponies themselves are very sensory too and we find that we can all relate to them and understand them in ways that do not need words, just being in their presence and to be able to groom and ride them fills us with love and understanding of these beautiful animals.

As an SEN riding instructor, early years sen TA and a foster parent and aunt to neuro diverse children I have personal experience in how much the ponies can benefit children and parents by spending time with one another. Nothing here is rushed, everything is done at the child and parents pace and the kettle is on too!!

Each session includes the following:-)

Meet and greet the ponies
Groom the ponies
Make the ponies feed
Muck out the ponies stable ready for their bedtime
Fill the ponies water
Sit on the ponies
Ride the ponies
Clubhouse sensory room
Calm area for those overwhelming moments
Snacks can be tailored to your child’s taste

We are very ‘child led’ so the activities and areas are all available but are not forced, you are free to choose where you would like to start and take everything at your own pace.

These are private sessions as we understand that each individual's needs are different and we want to be able to wholeheartedly focus our attention on the child and family as needed. The sessions are 1 hour long and must be booked in advance.

If you have any questions at all then please send us a message and we will be happy to help.

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