Horseback Riding Therapy lessons develop children’s skills in the physical, emotional, social and cognitive domains. In the physical domain, children learn to maintain equilibrium, to sit up straight and keep a correct posture. They strengthen their back, legs and arm muscles. In the emotional domain, children develop a close personal friendship with both the instructor and the horse and learn to give confidence in the other out of trust and mutual respect. In the social domain, children develop verbal and non-verbal communication tools, overcome language barrier and experience intimacy and warmth. In the cognitive domain, the child learns to understand complex instructions, retain a set of directions and follow them correctly.
Horseback Riding Therapy classes help improve physical skills as well as self-confidence and body image, encourage creation of meaningful relationships and interpersonal communication and enable children to cope with their fears and overcome them. Children of immigrant families acquire the tools necessary for absorption into Israeli society and for coping with the hardships of immigration, with the language and cultural differences and with the difficulty to form verbal and social communication.
Children are driven to classes at Haroim Farm accompanied by 2 Neve Hanna staff members. Except for Horseback Riding classes they meet with a psychologist at Neve Hanna to process their experiences and handle them. Children are proud of their accomplishments and of the fact they are experiencing horseback riding and acquiring a complex skill. Horseback Riding Therapy is beneficial for many of Neve Hanna children and helps the breach gaps and advance in many fields.