Therapeutic Carriage Driving
Carriage Driving is a fast growing sport. Reins of Life is excited to offer students with physical, mental, sensory, or emotional disabilities the rewards of interaction and control of a horse or pony while driving from a carriage seat. Carriage driving gives participants a riding alternative, opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, fatigue, allergies, asthma, fear of heights, the inability to sit astride, or other issues. It can also provide the student with a unique movement experience. Therapeutic Driving is about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing, and driving skills to children and adults using teamwork.
Our Driving Instructors are certified through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) in the specialty area of Therapeutic Driving and our driving volunteers have undergone specific training.
Requirements for the candidates are:
minimum age of 12 years old
able to sit independently on a chair without sides or arm rests
if using a wheelchair is able to transfer out to a carriage seat with limited support
sense of self-preservation