We feel it is important to develop handicap children in a playful way. Equine
assisted therapy is an effective way which has already been used in other
countries for many years. In Ukraine it is quite new, so it would be a huge step
forward if we could help more children in Transcarpathia.
(Her name means God’s present)
The car was driving into the yard right up to the horses. I got angry. How
can they be so impudent to drive into the yard of the farm! The door of the
car opened and a lady and a man and young boy got out of the car. the man
took out a wheelchair and lifted a young girl from the back seat. A very
enthusiastic, lovely young girl looked at me smiling, I felt ashamed for my
anger, she sits in the wheelchair and cheerfully...
We are very happy as a little girl who was coming to us in the beginning of summer turned back. Her mother was very enthusiastic, she told us that Sophie has developed really much since summer right after the therapy. In spring her communication was very poor, she didn’t made eye contact, didn’t turn attention to anyone around her. Sometimes she was simply laying on the back of the horse with no interest, sometimes she was jumping on it with much...
A kind of magic happens when a desperately unhappy child is brought to the country to interact with horses. A change of environment, especially from an urban area to open, natural surroundings, filled with fresh air and flooded with sunshine, can have an uplifting and calming effect, and with time, a troubled teen can begin to let go of a lot of pent-up, negative emotions.
It is very important for the children to get to know the world around them. Sitting on the
back of a horse they are faced with new motions, they are exposed to various stimuli. This
way children can improve their development and gain confidence. Horse riding gives
them great joy, were they can learn to behave properly, to keep to the rules, take notice
of others around them and to care about animals. The skills developed whilst riding
makes children self...