As a therapeutic riding instructor, I have come to learn that inspirational coaching has been the most effective in stimulating endless possibilities for my riders.  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 my riders and volunteers. This includes using motivational tactics, constant reinforcement and effective communication.

I find these aid 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 I 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, like me, who are blessed to be part of the journey.

Education is so important and valuable in our program. Constantly improving our center and the ability to help our riders and families. I strive for my 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. I am getting certified in Mental Health First Aid for Veterans. 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. Next up on my calendar Advanced study of Equine Assisted Activities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. 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
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