Horses offer so much more than just riding and horsemanship skills. With the help of horses people can learn about themselves and overcome weaknesses. Special needs children can become more confident and learn how to relax and interact with others. Those with physical, mental health or behavioral disorders learn to cope and communicate with words or body language.
Children with ADHD, autism, and Tourettes syndrome, or conditions from neuro-trauma, accidents and disease improve, or recover from setbacks. Military veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTSD) are able to lower their anxieties and to function again. Even those who do not have any of the before mentioned conditions and challenges benefit greatly from being around and caring for horses. Men and women form strong friendships and family members enjoy the time spent bonding while doing something meaningful with the horse. Those who horseback ride can work toward certain goals while those who do not ride enjoy the simple pleasures of being out in the fresh air walking, talking and watching the horses.