Our mission is to provide a safe and enjoyable equestrian experience that assists those with special needs to have fun and reach their highest potential.
The rhythmic nature of the horse’s gait and the animal’s body heat provide therapy, helping to strengthen the rider’s muscle tone. Other physical benefits include improvements in balance, posture, coordination, reflexes, fine and gross motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. The repetition of various activities allows the rider to concentrate on their position while trying new activities. During the sessions, the children play games, weave through mazes and cones, and even go on treasure hunts…all on horseback!
As the children interact with the horses, they develop respect and love for the animals. Because horses require a great deal of attention, the riders bond quickly with them as they groom, feed, and ride them. They develop responsibility, patience and compassion as they care for the horses. The excitement of riding brings new experiences and an overall sense of well-being.
Winston Churchill once said, “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” The staff and volunteers at Lovesome Stables have found that adage to be true. The children build friendships and support and encourage one another as they discover the joys of riding. Their self-esteem and confidence soar as they conquer new challenges. Our farm offers the participants an emotional outlet to get away from their worries and just be kids!
Lovesome Board of Directors Marc Arnold, President Walton, KY