Volunteers from The PEACH Pit helped children from Reconciliation House Fun in the Son summer camp learn to care for horses before taking them on short horseback rides around the campgrounds. Steel and Ginger, horses from The PEACH Pit provided lessons an entertainment for the campers who chose to visit the station.
Thanks to Paige Jobe for giving up her morning to help educate the campers.
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As you know, animal therapy is a highly effective way for people to deal with traumatic experiences and other difficulties. Some veterans from war have found life easier with service animals for therapeutic reasons.
But a ground-breaking form of animal therapy using horses has recently been shown to help young people with Asperger’s really cope with their intense symptoms.
Over the last few years, awareness around autism has increased. You probably know the common traits of autistic individuals like difficulty in engaging socially, increased anxiety when faced with new situations, and higher levels of sensitivity. Asperger’s is a form of autism.
While autistic individuals can often have highly developed talents in some areas of their lives, it can be extremely challenging for them to experience success if they are unable to navigate the daily social interactions required of everyone.
Animal therapy has helped autistic individuals cope with their anxiety very successfully. While mostly using dogs, horse therapy offers people the opportunity to learn more about social cues and non-verbal communication.
Horses, like people with Asperger’s, are very sensitive and anxious. Because they’re a prey animal, horses instinctually keep their eyes open for danger and threats.
For this very reason, autistic individuals can learn how to manage their own feelings and reactions by working with the horses.