A new therapy program called Hoof Prints in the Sand services individuals with special needs ranging from ages 5 to 63. This animal based therapy program is aimed at using interactions with horses to help individuals gain not only physical skills like muscle definition, correct posture and hand-eye coordination but also much-needed confidence.
Founded by a special education teacher with an equestrian background the entire Hoof Prints in the Sand program consists of volunteers who dedicate their time to work one on one with students of varying disabilities and ages. Students begin by testing out a mechanical horse appropriately named “Hope” and then easing into riding lessons on donated horses. The volunteer coaches help students by riding with them, leading the horses, or walking beside the horse and rider to ensure safety.
Do you know of a unique program for individuals with special needs in your area?