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."
Out takes... We like to post videos of our riders, and of course I like to show off the good ones! You know, when every thing goes right, spotlight a rider’s achievement, make it look easy! Well, sometimes it’s not easy! Ms. Jennifer Fontenot Youngblood’s goal was for Lyric to have less help and “navigate” on her own. That was happening... until I started to record. Disclaimer: no legs were rubbed off on the fence, just a volunteer!! Sorry, Ms. Melissa Baines Haisty!!!9 months ago
This time of year is rough on our ponies with the soaring temperatures and extreme numbers of horse and deer flies. So, the horses had a spa day Wednesday after lessons. They had “pedicures” with the farrier (he probably would not appreciate me calling it that), got a good scrubbing, stood under the fans to dry, were coated in fly spray, had their fly sheets laundered, and went back out after their supper. Kylee and Ace are literally getting crusty with salt from sweating, and they are really attacking the salt.11 months ago
Confidence under pressure! Just a few weeks ago, Natalie was feeling a little unsure about riding Jake. But now, no leader? Even when Jake is pretty sure he should be coming to the instructor to rest. (It was hard work walking around in that arena) Way to go, Natalie! Disclaimer: I talk a lot in this video. My own grandmother told me yesterday how special my voice is, unlike anyone else’s voice in the whole world, very unmistakeable. You interpret that however you like.12 months ago
Adrianne Fenton asked me a long time ago if I thought she would ever be able to trot. I’m pretty sure I answered with something along the lines of, “Well, we will see...” Then, she was able to trot with help, and it wasn’t long before she asked if she would be able to trot on her own. I probably answered with a “Hmmm. Maybe?” Even though I had serious doubts about how well she would be able to manage her muscle tone (her muscles involuntarily tense and spasm). I just knew it would surely throw her off balance and prevent her from cuing her horse effectively as soon as the bouncing started. I don’t use the word “never,” because there are some Adriannes out there! Because every time I turn around, she is saying, “I DID IT!!”12 months ago
It seems like we are just way too busy for photos and video here lately, but I could not resist videoing the sheer joy Steele gets from trotting on Jake! We can’t do too much of it at a time, because he has to work REALLY HARD to maintain the trunk and head control to do this safely. This guy is STRONG AS STEELE!!1 year ago