Introducing Therapeutic Riding & Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) at ar-Raudhah
The ar-Raudhah team is incredibly excited about the introduction of a new program, as of October 2016. The program will be under the direction of the only PATH Certified International Instructor currently based in Malaysia, Helen Jennings. She has been working in the field of Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Assisted Learning for 15 years, throughout Asia & the Middle East. She brings with her, over 40 years of experience, working with horses, as well as the experience and expertise to provide a positive and safe Therapeutic Equine Learning program, not only with children, but with adults.
Conditions that are proven to benefit from the Therapeutic Riding and Equine Learning experiences include, but not limited to Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit- Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Seizure disorders, Asperger's, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Learning Disabilities.
EAL Programs at ar-Raudhah will be incorporating horses experientially for educational & emotional growth and learning. EAL uses alternative approaches with horses to create positive and constructive learning experiences for children and adolescents who are at risk of failing in a traditional academic setting. EAL sessions incorporate guided and safe horse interactions, positive interactions between students, animals and adults, as well as the incorporation of grade-level reading, writing, art and mathematical skills. These approaches help to reengage the typically disengaged or defiant students and recreate a positive learning experience that carries over into the students' traditional classroom experiences.
ar-Raudhah is one of the few equine centres registered with the Pony Club Malaysia, which in turn, is affiliated with the Pony Club UK. Pony Club is an international youth organisation (25 years and below), that emphasises the need for horsemastership, educates members in proper care of their animals and promotes the highest ideals of sportsmanship.
Children age 7 years and above may choose to participate in our Pony Club programs.