Carriage driving is a form of equine-assisted therapy, which provides many of the same physical, mental, and emotional benefits of therapeutic riding. Instead of riding horseback, participants drive the horse while riding in a horse-drawn carriage.
How it Works
ManeGait’s Therapeutic Carriage Driving Program provides individually tailored therapy services to special needs adults and children, specifically those who are unable to participate in therapeutic riding due to weight, allergies to the horse, or disability that prohibits from safely mounting or riding a horse. Taught by certified riding instructors, ManeGait’s carriage driving lessons are 45 minutes to 1 hour once a week.
The benefits of therapeutic carriage driving can include:
- Improved coordination
- Fine and gross motor skills development
- Increased core strength and posture
- Improved visual perception and spatial awareness
- Increased verbalization and communication skills
- Improved sequencing and understanding of cause-and-effect relationships
- Greater levels of independence, confidence and self-esteem
How to Join the Program
Information on becoming a part of this program is available in our Rider Resource area.