Sports Riding is a one-hour lesson with one to four other riders similar in either age or ability (this also includes a limited number of private one-on-one lessons), that focus on increasing individual riding skills while gaining a therapeutic benefit. These benefits include increasing muscle tone and strength, improving hand/eye coordination and balance, improving peer interaction and communication, increasing self-esteem, and developing a sense of control. Instructors establish goals for each rider, working with the parents, guardian, and/or rider, at the beginning of each quarter. They create a wide variety of games and exercises designed to increase the student's ability to listen, learn, and communicate. In addition, all riders work on improving their horsemanship skills and a willingness to try new things and attain new goals. Students not only improve their riding skills but are taught how to help groom and tack their horses. Classes include arena riding, trail rides, and group activities.
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