OUR SERVICES

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING

 

Equine Assisted Learning: a mounted or non-mounted program beneficial to multiple populations such as at-risk youth, people with disabilities, people in long-term care facilities and those living with dementia. Benefits include improving memory and recall, improving fine motor, verbalization, social and relationship skills as well as correcting behavior and building self-esteem. Can also be used for team-building and corporate training.

 
THERAPEUTIC RIDING

TR is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

 
EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

 

In Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), horses partner with humans to facilitate emotional healing in the context of psychotherapy. EAP is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional designed to address specific treatment issues presented by a psychotherapy client. 

 
  HORSEMANSHIP & RIDING
  
(without disabilities)

Regular horsemanship and riding from the ground up. Care, safety, first aid, English and western disciplines. Ages 4 through adult; beginner to advanced. 

    CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING
 

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is crucial for successful business and our equines are great at teaching it, because it is how they live daily. Partner with our horsepower to improve production, increase empowerment and promote team building while having fun in a peaceful environment.  

  • VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
  • HOMESCHOOL CO-OP
  • GIRL SCOUT / BOY SCOUT MERIT BADGE
*Coming Soon! 
Equine assisted learning Curriculum on the fruits of the spirit, as well as, coop academic.

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Advantages & Benefits of

Equine Assisted Therapy

Physical Benefits:

  • Stretching of tight or spastic muscles 

  • Decreased spasticity 

  • Increased range of motion of the joints

  • Reduction of abnormal movement patterns

  • Improved respiration and circulation

  • Improved appetite and digestion 

  • Sensory integration

Psychological Benefits:

  • Improved self-confidence 

  • Increased interest in the outside world 

  • Increased interest in one's own life 

  • Development of patience 

  • Emotional control and self-discipline 

  • Sense of normality 

  • Expansion of the focus of control 

  • Specially designed EFP experiences may promote psychosocial healing and growth through:

  • improving self-esteem and self-awareness;

  • developing trust in a safe environment, providing social skills training,

  • encouraging sensory stimulation and integration,

  • combining body awareness exercises with motor planning and verbal communication

  • developing choice-making and goal-setting skills,

  • developing sequencing and problem-solving skills,

  • encouraging responsibility, and

  • Promoting pro-social attitudes through care-giving experiences

Social Benefits:

  • Friendship 

  • Increased experiences 

  • Enjoyment 

  • Educational Benefits:

  • Remedial Reading 

  • Remedial Math 

  • Sequencing, patterning and motor planning 

  • Improved eye-hand coordination 

  • Visual spatial perception 

  • Differentiation 

 

Educational Benefits:

  • Remedial Reading 

  • Remedial Math 

  • Sequencing, patterning and motor planning 

  • Improved eye-hand coordination 

  • Visual spatial perception 

  • Differentiation 

 

Other Benefits Include:
 

  • Improvement in joint mobility, balance and coordination 

  • Relaxation of spasticity 

  • Increased muscle power 

  • Increased self-confidence through improved self-image 

  • Improved learning, concentration, spatial awareness 

  • Motivation to set and achieve goals 

  • Improves balance and coordination 

  • Provides passive stretch for tight muscles 

  • Replicates a muscle movement pattern like that of walking 

  • Improves posture 

  • Strengthens muscles by encouraging muscular response 

  • Increases awareness of one's body in space 

  • Stimulates the vestibular, nervous and circulatory systems 

  • Improves range of motion 

  • Teaches trust through the rider/horse bond 

  • Teaches problem solving skills 

  • Increases self-confidence and self-discipline 

  • Teaches the use of patience to control the horse 

  • Enhances decision making skills 

  • Promotes responsibility and cooperation 

  • Increases the ability to focus and stay on task 

  • Provides an increase in self-esteem and pride 

  • Instills a sense of accomplishment 


 

Contact Us
 Sara McGinniss

Founder/CEO

865-242-9697
Shininglightequestrian@gmail.com

2724 Lakewood Lane

Knoxville, TN 37921

 

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