My name is Raeshell Sorensen. I’m the Equestrian
Manager here at The National Ability Center and what we have going on here is an assessment
lesson. Before any rider is admitted into the program they have a onetime lesson where
we have the ability to assess their abilities and see how they will react to the horses
and we usually have extra assistance on these lessons so that riders are able to feel comfortable
and have a good experience for the first time . We also talk to the parents of younger
children to figure out what their goals might be or we talk to the riders to really set
up programs so that there might be some objectives to choose as we go throughout the riding lesson.
Typically with children who have developmental disabilities or cognitive disabilities we
like to assess how they will react to the situation, how they might react to the animal
as well as assess their learning level or their communication ability so that we can
teach them to communicate with them what we are trying to accomplish.