Thanks to the generosity of one of our individual donors, this fall, we developed and piloted a Horse-Assisted Life Skills program for adults with developmental disabilities. This program was conceived in response to the need for meaningful programs for adults over 21, many of whom who are now aging out of traditional services. Adults participate in non-riding activities such as grooming, stable management and team lead walking; each session focuses around one of six particular life skills, such as communication and critical thinking, and allows participants to learn by doing.
In planning for this new program, we successfully worked with the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to include “Horse-Assisted Life Skills Training” as part of its billable services, ensuring that interested participants can apply their allotted DDD funding to their Pony Power sessions. Moving forward, Pony Power will adapt this life skills curriculum to serve other populations, including at-risk children and adults.