Our goal for each of the students is to foster belief in themselves and their ability to prepare and drive a horse with confidence.
— Kelli, Instructor

Our driving program offers a unique learning opportunity to develop a set of skills by providing the student with a distinct range of movements and a vast set of motor-sensory experiences.  Driving a horse from a cart or wheelchair gives students an alternative to horseback riding. This opens up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to limited balance, physical limitations, fear of heights or other challenges.  For some it may provide a means to prepare for horseback riding. 

Ground driving has helped my daughter physically, it strengthens her core muscles and improves her arm motor function. Being able to control such a large animal makes her feel empowered!
— Leslie, Parent

The benefits of therapeutic cart and ground driving can provide
improvements and developments in:

  • Core strength, control and posture
  • Bilateral symmetry of movement 
  • Body awareness, and spatial orientation
  • Independence and increased self-esteem
  • Cause-and-effect relationships
  • Coordination, fine and gross motor skills
  • Verbal/non-verbal communication
  • Following directions and task sequencing
  • Teamwork and social skills
  • Speech initiation
  • Social skills

The staff for the Horse-n-Buddy program includes a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Driving Level I and Massachusetts licensed instructor with more than 23 years of driving experience.  The instructor and student will be supported by one to three experienced volunteers and a horse handler. 

Horse-n-Buddy lessons are one-on-one and will meet for 45 minutes one time per week during the late afternoon.  Maximum weight to participate in this program is 130lbs.

To learn more about Horse-n-Buddy, or to inquire about lesson opportunities, email Lucy, our program coordinator.