Carriage driving is another Equine Assisted Activity that involves riding in or actually driving a cart or carriage pulled by a horse. People with disabilities that
their movements, such as those who cannot easily transfer from
a wheelchair, can participate with the security of an adapted cart.
Benefits include improvements in balance, posture, coordination
and emotional well-being.
Carriage driving has many additional benefits:
- Driving provides
a recreational and sporting experience with a horse.
- It provides
a mental challenge similar to that of riding, the challenge of working in harmony
with a horse and learning an equine skill step
- Carriage driving encourages the development of self-confidence and
a sense of accomplishment as various maneuvers are learned.
- It can improve the cognitive skills of sequencing,
following directions and differentiating
between left and right,
- Driving is another venue for socializing with other
participants, the volunteers and instructors, and of
course, the horse.
It offers another opportunity for developing relationships,
of mutual respect and trust.