Ride High aims to give each child an enjoyable experience that will help him/her to cope with daily life in a more positive and constructive way.
The specific benefits that Ride High offers can be grouped into three categories:
A) Enhancement of social and personal skills
- Dealing with horses builds confidence and self esteem.
- Riding gives a feeling of doing something special, something many of these children will never have had before.
- Learning to ride and care for a horse brings the satisfaction of learning a new set of skills and a sense of achievement.
- Looking after a horse encourages responsible behaviour and a positive attitude to safety issues.
- Riding in a group environment teaches the importance of teamwork and consideration for others.
- For most children, time spent with horses is enjoyable, fulfilling and absorbing.
- Membership of a club engenders a sense of belonging to a community.
B) Health benefits
- Riding provides outdoor, physical activity for those children who may not enjoy mainstream sport.
- Riding for one hour burns on average 350 calories.
- Riding develops balance and coordination.
C) Educational benefits:
- There is evidence that physical exercise benefits levels of concentration.
- Club sessions include projects to improve literacy and numeracy such as working out the costs of feeding a pony for a year or writing a riding diary or blog.
- Trips to associated educational events such as a trip to the Household Cavalry or a Stubb’s exhibition, broaden a child’s experience of the world beyond their home town and open up vocational possibilities.
- Children are encouraged to contribute to the development and improvement of RIDE HIGH.
- The children are encouraged to identify ways in which they have benefited from their experience with horses.
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