WHY HORSES?

  

As prey animals with a herd instinct, horses have a unique ability to provide feedback to body language and emotions. They identify and respond to leadership and authority, and offer a non-judgmental and forgiving relationship.

     

Physical Benefits

  • Fine & Gross Motor Skills

  • Balance & Coordination

  • Posture & Body Awareness

  • Muscle Development

  • Range of Motion

  • Flexibility

    

Cognitive Benefits

  • Self Control

  • Sequential Learning

  • Verbal Skills

  • Following Directions

  • Focus & Attention Span

  • Sensory Integration

  • Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic

  • Problem solving

  

Social Benefits

  • Collaboration & Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Relationships & Solidarity With Peers

  • Positive Role Models

  • Respect & Manners

  • Fun!

  

Psychological Benefits

  • Confidence

  • Trust

  • Impulse Control

  • Boundaries

  • Work Ethic

  • Personal Responsibility

  • Leadership

  • Empathy

  • Patience

  • Stress Reduction

  

Interested in Donating Your Horse?

All of the SonRise horses have been donated or leased to our program by generous individuals. However, not every horse can be a therapy horse. SonRise considers the following criteria when evaluating horses:

 

~ Geldings preferred

~ Age 10-14 preferred

~ Sound for riding at the walk, trot, and lope

~ Mellow, compliant & forgiving temperament; keeps calm under stress

~ Previous experience with kids a plus

 

Candidates undergo extensive evaluation prior to becoming a therapy horse in order to determine their basic temperament, level of training, willingness to work with children, and acceptance of unusual stimuli. Our equine partners play an essential role in the success of the program, and making sure that they receive the best quality care is of the highest importance to us. All SonRise horses receive routine vet, farrier, dental, and chiropractic care. Please call the office at (925) 838-7433 to tell us more about your horse.

Meet our Equine Therapists

SMOKEY
SMOKEY

1999 Paint gelding

TOBY
TOBY

2004 Quarter Horse gelding

NOBLE
NOBLE

1994 Quarter Horse gelding

AMIGO
AMIGO

2003 Arab/Paint gelding

DERBY
DERBY

2008 Shetland pony

BLACKIE
BLACKIE

1997 Miniature gelding

WINDY
WINDY

1994 Miniature mare

TREASURE
TREASURE

2004 Welsh/Shetland Pony