Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana (HATS)
HATS is a therapeutic horsemanship program that provides equine assisted activities and therapies to persons who are "differently-abled."
This week at HATS: Our first week of summer riding has come to an end, and it’s been fantastic! We have several new riders and volunteers, yet somehow, this week just went so smoothly. Miss Jessica came back to do Tuesday lessons again, too!! We also have a new LA Tech student, Ashlyn Womack, from the School of Family and Child Sciences doing a 120 hour practica with us. We love her, already! With our hands full, we didn’t have much time for our Facebook fans’ favorite- pics and videos. But, here’s an incredibly happy Connor doing “rope tricks” during the barn game. In this activity, the rider is asked to find a specific horse related object around the arena, ride to it and stop, talk about what it is and why we use it, see, touch, feel, and smell, then carry it to the “pole barn” to stop and toss it inside. It’s a fun way to ride our horse with purpose and direction while learning about horse care, as well as added benefits like motor planning, sensory processing, balance, spatial awareness, upper extremity and core strength, finding midline, pretend play, and so much more! Don’t tell Connor, though!!11 days ago
People often ask how riding horses is beneficial to the rider, and I say it depends on the rider. This is a beautiful example of how riding helps Steele build his core muscles and balance! Look at all that movement he is getting in his trunk! And yes, the “Boy of Steele” can walk, but for limited distances with his walker and braces. Riding allows him to work many of the same muscles and movements as walking, but for a longer duration, which we hope will carry over into his functional activities off the horse!2 months ago
Adrianne Fenton WORKS SO HARD to improve her horsemanship and make her body communicate with Kohl. Tight turns and trotting are not easy for her, especially when her tone kicks in and tells her body to do all the wrong things!! Me: Bring your outside hand down! Shift your weight into your inside seat bone! Look with your head and shoulders! Don’t lean! Bend that elbow! Put some bend in those knees! SQUEEZE!!! Adrianne: May I try it again? Oh, that was better, but I’d like to try it again. I felt it that time! May I try it again? I DID IT!! Me: Why do you put up with me yelling at you? Adrianne: Because I always want to be better! Me: And the Grinch’s heart grew three times its size ❤️❤️❤️2 months ago