Therapeutic Horse-riding at your School

Herewith a brief explanation of therapeutic horse riding and the service we provide:

Therapeutic horse riding as extramural activity

Horse Dynamics would like to present to you the wonderful, almost “magical” effect that horse-people-togetherness can have on various aspects of humanity.

Sir Winston Churchill said many years ago:  “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

Wounded soldiers were put on horseback centuries ago and Hippocrates wrote about the “healing value” of the rhythmic movement of the horse.  Why specifically the horse?  I think the Lord created all those wonderful features in a horse.  The greatness, pride, strength, love, playfulness, loyalty – a friend until death do us part.  All those features which lend a horse so wonderful to the healing of the human body, soul and spirit.  Therapeutic horse riding uses the horse and its environment to facilitate and master sensory motor activities.  It is great fun and stimulating at the same time!

Equi therapy

Equi therapy is based on the movement of the fluid in the inner ear.  To be able to learn, our body has to observe and our brain has to organise and digest these observations.  It has been proved years ago already that learning problems like low muscle tone, trunk rotation, spatial orientation, mid-line crossing, eye movements, attention deficit disorder and others arise from a dysfunction of the sensory integration system;  the organising of observations therefore does not develop correctly.  The pony’s three-dimensional, rhythmic movement activates the vestibular movement of the fluid in the inner ear, which opens up the communication channels between our observatory system and the two hemispheres of the brain.  With toddlers more susceptible to the learning process, problems experienced by the child can by addressed through various motor development games being played on horseback.  (Please Google:  Therapeutic horse riding.)

Horse riding holds tremendous advantages for toddlers with or without problems....

We specifically concentrate on pre-school children between a proposed age of 2 years and 6 years.  It has already been proved as the critical period of opportunities for the overall development of children.  Be assured that your toddler’s safety will always be our first priority and that we only use child-friendly ponies and capable staff.


What does equi therapy offer the rider?

Therapeutic horse riding is a unique opportunity for any toddler:

·         where therapy is fun;

·         where contact is made with an animal and self-image is built;

·         where horse riding and caring skills are developed.

What can you expect from a therapeutic session?

A therapist brings the ponies and grooms to the school’s playground during school hours on a weekly basis.

During a therapeutic session the therapist, grooms and ponies form a team.  Each one plays a unique role to ensure an effective therapeutic session.  The toddlers participate in a group session which is divided into a walk, a pre-planned activity for the week and a nice slow trot respectively.  The therapist assists with climbing on and off the pony, determines the pony’s pace and explains the activity to the child.  The grooms are well trained in handling the ponies and provide stability to the toddler as well as assist with the activities.  The pony provides the constant three-dimensional movement pattern which attributes to the toddler’s success!

Horse Dynamics currently offer therapeutic riding sessions at:

Silver Stars Nursery School

Crawford Pre-primary Pretoria

Nuwe Hoop School

Anton van Wouw

Situla Preschool

Grasslands Baby- and Nursery School

Fee structure (2018):

Annual administration fee (once-off):  R200.00

Includes a FREE Pink Pony voucher to the value of R50.00

Quarterly fee (3 months): R989.00

Let them experience the tie between rider and horse.