Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Benefits of Cart Driving & Miniature Horses
All the miniatures were hooked up to carts and were pulling 1-2 people. Here the cart drivers are getting instructions for the first activity.
What are the benefits of cart driving for the horse?
Ponies and miniature horses are often ideal for driving as many breeds and bloodlines have been bred for that purpose. Even a miniature horse can pull an adult in a cart. Driving can also be a great second career for a pony or small horse that has been outgrown by his young rider.
Driving is an option for horse and pony owners who are unable to ride or those who prefer not to. Driving provides training and exercise for a horse and gives owners quality time with their equines without ever having to put a foot in the stirrup.
What are the benefits of cart driving for the driver?
Both Sophia and Olivia have done therapeutic horseback riding, and now are interested in cart driving (as well as continuing with horseback riding). I wanted to find out what the benefits are to cart drivers, and found that the benefits are very similar to therapeutic horseback riding:
- Increases self-confidence and awareness
- Normalizes high or low muscle tone
- Develops pre-ambulation skills and strength
- Improves balance, posture, coordination
- Motivates learning and self-discipline
- Helps in the development of interpersonal relationships
The Next Step
Clearly, it would be a great benefit to both the girls. It would be ideal if there was someone who no longer wanted their driving equipment and wanted to pass it along. I wonder if there's someone out there who wants to do this....