ADAGIO ADAPTIVE ACTIVITIES AND HORSES (A4H)

Specialized Stables in Horse Mediation with Disabled Children and Young Adults

Introduction

Adagio Riding Stables, an Indo-European equestrian concept, established since 2009, is a vision shaped by Colonel PP Singh, one of India’s foremost internationally-acclaimed horseman, and an International Equestrian Judge and official. Colonel Singh has been associated with all formats of equestrian sport in India. He is an esteemed equestrian figure who travels extensively abroad for equestrian activities. He had a long-standing dream of popularising his cherished sport amongst the children and youth of India. French lady rider Caroline Juneja, a close associate of Colonel Singh, and his daughter Rudrika Singh, an accredited International Coach and a nationally-acclaimed equestrian champion, rallied behind him and put their combined expertise and experience towards making this dream a reality.

 

HANDICAP & HORSE - BEGINNING OF THE PROJECT

Adagio Riding Stables propose, today, activities adapted with the horse for children with mental, physical disabilities or in difficulty of adaptation.

The project is initially born from the meeting of Prabal Pratap SINGH, owner of Adagio Riding Stables, and Emmanuelle OLIER, French Federal Expert "Equi-Social, Equi-Handi Motor and Equi-Mental"/ International Horse Riding Instructor Level 3.

Rudrika SINGH, International Horse Riding Instructor Level 1, and Caroline LALOU Juneja, Horse Riding Teacher at Adagio, joined them quickly in the project. All four decided to unite their various skills for answering at a request and need growing on behalf of the families of children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders.

 

ADAGIO RIDING STABLES & PONIES

About Our Club

Adagio Riding Stables, pioneer of the Indo-European equestrian concept in India, is the brainchild of International equestrian personality Colonel PP Singh, French lady rider Caroline Juneja and International FEI accredited Coach and National Champion Rudrika Singh. It has introduced a pathbreaking concept in equestrian training for children and adults in India. The idea was to create a riding school –the first of its kind in India where pupils, young and old, learn to ride horses adequate to their own size. This concept follows the European equestrian model, and trains pupils in horse mastership and animal management.

Adagio Riding Stables are well organised with two large enclosed arenas, comfortable stables, elevated seating and viewing, growing its own green feed etc… They are located in a beautiful, green environment, nestled in the Aravali hills. A variety of birds can be observed and no city sounds heard whatsoever.

About the Ponies

Ginger, Rambo, Hazel, Star, Arizona, Prince, Bush, Raincloud and Patch are calm and receptive ponies, trained to answer at those specifics activities. They are also proportionate to the children sizes.

 

ADAPTED ACTIVITIES WITH THE HORSE – BENEFITS

Nowadays, a new role is assigned to the horse: that of the auxiliary of the human, in one dynamic of reeducation, of readaptation and of care. With his relational and emotional function, the horse participates (with his own quiet and helpful presence), at the development of the child or of the adult, through the mediatized learning of life (he is the one by whom "the experience of the reality is bearable"), and in his function of emotional support (relay of difficult communications, object of identification or object of transfer, support of aware or unconscious transactions).

The horse also has a communicational function. He is a sensitive and receptive animal, sensitive to moods, to intentions, informed by the aware or unconscious physical movements. He returns emotions, feelings, like a mirror.

Equine therapy is considered a very successful form of treatment for children with autism. The rhythmic motion of riding a horse enables the child to indirectly learn better focusing on the horse and its riding movement, which is considered deliberate, slow, and calming.

 

An animal assisted therapy for autism is a fairly new technique but equine therapy for autism has been providing promising results such that many are considering to consistently utilize therapy animals in their treatment programs not only for autism.

One benefit of equine therapy for autism is the stimulation of the tactile senses of the autistic child riding the horse. The fuzzy skin, soft nose and the rough mane and tail of the horse provide sensations that usually help draw a child out. This eventually results in stimulation development of the child’s verbal communication as well as interest on other physical items.

Activities with horses are varied: observation, grooming, feeding, hugging, leading, riding... Adapted Activities are organised in group or individual sessions. Different approaches allow for better consideration of individuals expectations and individuals needs.

 

The Progress of a Session

One session lasts between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the fatigueability of the child.

Step 1: Reciprocate presentation. The instructor presents the horse to the children, and its reciprocated. This relationship begins with the touch for the child and the smell for the pony.

Step 2: Grooming. Taking care of the horse helps to create a relationship based on the respect and the confidence, indispensable for a benefit session.

Step 3: Riding/Leading. According to the comfort and the desire of the children, the instructor will use a saddle or bare back.

Step 4: Feeding/Hugging. One of ways to finish a session…

 

Riding Gear

Any closed shoes with heels are ok. NO sandals/crocks or heel less footwear is permitted for safety reasons. Long riding pants preferably riding breeches or jodhpurs.

We have riding helmets of varying sizes which we can lend to the kids.

 

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Adagio Riding Stables

Village Baliyawas, Opposite Teri gram, Gurgaon - Faridabad Road, Baliawas, Gurgaon, Haryana 122001

Email: adagioridingstables@gmail.com

Phone: +91-9818485302 | +91-9910120410