In spite of the rain, the staff, volunteers and students of Horse Heritage Educational Program were out spreading Christmas cheer on Saturday, Dec. 22. You might have seen the riders, horses and pony cart around town singing Christmas carols. All the horses were decked out as elves and the cart bells were jingling.
Horse Heritage offers both Therapeutic Riding and Equine Facilitated Learning programs. Because therapeutic horseback riding does not just benefit one type of disability, but can help people of all ages with many challenges, it is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. Equine Facilitated Learning is an experiential approach to personal growth and learning. Experiential learning refers to a style of learning often described as “learning by doing” that occurs when a person is interacting with their environment. In all of our programs the emphasis is to incorporate cognitive, behavioral, psychological and physical goals into the program plan while teaching adapted riding. Horses are strong motivators for accomplishing these goals.
Our program operates from April until October offering lessons, workshops, and camps. For more information, please visit our website www.horseheritage.org, or call Director Elissa Wellhausen at (509)844-2556.
-Submitted by Horse Heritage
In This Photo: Horse Heritage volunteers and students travel on horseback down Main Street through the Park Street intersection on Dec. 22.