Horses & Lambs is an unique service learning opportunity for interdisciplinary work to take place among our occupational and physical therapy students.
Several times throughout a quarter, we take our occupational and physical therapy students to a horse ranch, where they work with children who are faced with different physical challenges. This is an amazing chance for our students to be able to work out in the community, gain more hands on experience, and help out in a pediatric setting.
Riding horses has many therapeutic benefits in itself, but to maximize our time with the kiddos, we have them participate in different “funtivities” while they ride. Our “funtivities” are designed to practice gross and fine motor skills, postural control, range of motion, coordination, and cognitive stimulation and interaction. We see a variety of children whose challenges range from Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Rett Syndrome, and more. Therefore, each riding session is tailored to the child’s specific need.
To quote Winston Churchill,
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
The fun does not stop with riding. Once the children have completed their ride, we then move on to the grooming and walking miniature horse station. There are many different ways one can incorporate creative therapeutic exercises into grooming and walking a miniature horse, thus allowing our students to think outside the box.
The children receive physical benefits from these activities and our students can come up with fun and exciting ways to facilitate therapeutic exercises.
"Here at Loma Linda University, we strive to make man whole.
Horses & Lambs is a program that allows us to live our motto."
Each session is $25 and this covers the cost of the horses.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Horses & Lambs, please contact Tiffanie Haynal from our Philanthropy office at Thaynal@llu.edu. Most programs similar to Horses & Lambs charge $80 and up for one riding session. We want to make our program affordable and accessible to our community, therefore we would greatly appreciate your kind donations.
If you know a child who could benefit from our program, please feel free to contact us at, email@example.com to schedule a session. You can also find us on Instagram by searching our handle: horsesandlambs.