Driving classes are taught by a PATH Intl-certified instructor. An able-bodied driver (“whip”) is required if the instructor is not in the cart. A variety of vehicles and horses/ponies are used in driving classes. Clients work to achieve individual goals while learning the horsemanship skills of driving, including: grooming, harnessing and hitching, and reinsmanship.
Clients need head and neck stability for driving and is an alternative for clients who have a fear of heights, their weight surpasses the mounted limitations, or are otherwise contraindicated for mounted therapeutic activities.
The driving program became a reality with the help of the Sons of Norway, Kong Sverre Lodge of Story City, IA. With their help, we acquired our first horses, carts, and custom harness.
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