Pardon the pun, but there is usually hay around here everywhere. Horses, cows, ducks … and chickens!
I am Susan Tambone, a PATH International Certified Riding and Driving Instructor and owner of Prospect Riding Center, and Three T’s Ranch, Myakka City.
What is PATH? Our governing body, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Therapeutic horseback riding (also known as equine-assisted activity) is used to teach riding skills to people with disabilities. Therapeutic riding is beneficial for children and adults who present with any of a wide range of cognitive, physical, and emotional conditions. Instructor-directed, recreational horseback riding therapy also available for folks with or without disabilities, uses differing modalities of horseback riding as therapy, conducted by non-therapist riding instructors and assistants based upon their training and knowledge of the riders’ disabilitiesand of methods for safely using therapy-trained horses.
Prospect Riding Center comprises procedures, precautions, contraindications and comprehensive lesson plans followed by instructors and assistants; these procedures are described in the PATH Curriculum for Riding Therapy, the PATH International Operating Center Standards and Accreditation. Honestly it’s just fun! A healthy, recreational, way to spend time outdoors and reap some benefits. Seeing and hearing a students excitement about their horse is very contagious.
In my blogs I will be introducing you to our herd, and their unique personalities will entertain you as we continue their training. Describing our day-to-day ranch life you will also know when our first duck egg will arrive. Yup, those lively little ducks that came through the mail in a very small box 6 weeks ago. If you follow us on Facebook, you saw the photos.
Follow Jr’s accomplishments as he is prepped for Grand Champion at our Manatee County Fair in January 2012. Jr was our first born this past calving season, making us proud to be members of The American Angus Association.
Read the success stories and relive the first time a child shows some self-confidence with a smile beaming from their face, or when an adult can relax and let go of some of life’s stress, when someone who is receiving care becomes a care-giver themselves and bonds with an animal. Join me as we open our eyes to the world around us. Not only a difference for a day, but for a lifetime.