Encouraging Independence

IMG_0150Last week, on our way back from the sensory trail, one of our volunteers reached up to assist a rider who had shifted in his saddle. The rider adamantly responded, “I do it myself!”

With smiles and giggles, we encouraged the rider and allowed him to shift his own weight in the saddle.

It was music to our ears.

One of our biggest goals in therapeutic riding is to encourage the riders’ independence. Horseback riding nurtures a positive self-imageIMG_0224 and self-confidence as riding skills are learned. Riders often experience independence for the first-time in their lives when they are riding at Runnin’ WJ Ranch.

These are those “everyday miracles” we speak of.

If you have witnessed these “little miracles” as a volunteer, parent or teacher, we would love to hear your stories! Email us at rwjnews@gmail.com to share your story!

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