Growing Stronger in Northwest Connecticut
At Little Britches Therapeutic Riding children with conditions including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and complications from Microcephaly build strength, balance, and confidence all while having fun in the outdoors with their favorite pony.
Occupational therapists guide riding sessions, which may include riders holding their arms up and out or standing in their stirrups to improve balance and build core muscles, or reaching for colorful rings while balancing, which promotes motor planning, coordination, and improves color-recognition.
For children with Attention Deficit/Hyper Attention Disorders just the presence of the ponies can reduce anxiety. For those with physical disabilities, such as low-muscle tone and paralysis, riding a pony mimics the gait of human walking, building strength and muscle memory.
A recent grant from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, supported 2018 rider expenses for local children.
“The help that we have received from the Community Foundation is immeasurable," said Stuart Daly of Little Britches.