As a therapeutic riding instructor there are many things I have learned and that I continue to learn each day. I have come to learn that inspirational coaching has been the most effective in stimulating endless possibilities for our riders.  I love teaching our coaches and volunteers about this type of coaching. Inspirational coaching to me is a fusion of encouragement, trust, and praise.  It helps a novice rider unlock his true potential and provides a fresh approach to learning for the skilled rider.  My goal as an instructor is to consistently empower our  riders and volunteers. This includes using motivational tactics, constant reinforcement and effective communication. 

Remembering that each of our riders requires different goals and different lesson plans. Understanding that each rider requires different tools to succeed. It is our job to find success for ever rider. Every little goal reach is a HUGE MILESTONE in their life.

We find these assist independence, builds on self esteem and promotes decision making and problem solving.  The specific skills we teach in the ring also benefit our riders outside the ring.  These skills also help foster courage and celebrate confidence in their everyday lives. 

These skills would not be possible without the practice and patience of our horses.  For years we have witnessed the mystical connection between a horse & rider and know how truly life changing it can be.  Each lesson, each victory and each hug we experience with our horses creates a deeper appreciation, stronger connection and significant triumph not only for horse and rider but for instructors and volunteers, who are blessed to be part of the journey.

Volunteers-OUR AMAZING TEAMS.  They are the true backbone of RideAbility. Their love, dedication, commitment and joy make it all possible.

Education is so important and valuable in our program. Constantly improving our center and the ability to help our riders and families. At RideAbility we strive for our knowledge to continue to grow and flourish everyday. I am happy to announce that I have completed an advanced course for our Equine Services for Heroes veterans program through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship along with becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid. Last year I my studies were to advance my knowledge in Spinal Trauma Pathology, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury with Concussion and Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & Equine Assisted Activities. In June 2017 completing my Advanced study of Equine Assisted Activities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am extremely excited to have added my EAGALA certifications to our center as an Equine Specialist working with a  Mental Health Specialist.  It is my commitment to you and your families to progress with new information to learn and grow as much as I can to serve you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful families with us.

Wendy Schonfeld
Certified by  Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemenship P.A.T.H. Int.
Special Olympics Advanced Equestrian Coach, EAGALA certified & Equine Specialist

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