HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAMS

You don't need to ride to benefit from the healing powers of horses.  Our hosemanshiop programs are open to riders and non riders of all ages and abilities.  Differently-abled people and those experiencing isolation and loneliness are especially welcome to join us in these unique lessons that are a great starting point for anyone who has equestrian aspirations, or those who just want to have the healing powers of horses in their life.

Respect  . Trust  .  Relationship  .  Safety  .  Community

Why learn horsemanship skills?

Working with and caring for horses offers people so much more than just the opportunity to ride.  Horsemanship programs can support the development of so many other life skills, and have tremendous impacts on mental health and well being.

The benefits of horse riding and horsemanship:

  • Make friends and improve social interactions

  • Improve communication skills (receptive and expressive language skills)

  • Increase confidence and independence

  • Develop patience and self regulation

  • Improve wellbeing and mindfulness

  • Learn team building skills and how to interact with other people in groups.

  • Learn how to listen to and accept direction from coaches and friends.

Of course there are many physical and  therapeutic benefits to horseriding and horsemanship skill development too, including:

  • Improve coordination, posture and balance

  • Develop core and muscle strength

  • Increase joint range of motion

  • Stretch tight muscles

  • Improve sensory integration

  • Increase fitness and endurance.

Who can horse riding help?

Horse riding programs are suitable for people of any age and ability and may be able to assist people with:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Down Syndrome

  • Spina bifida

  • Movement dysfunction

Our Community Program Team can assist you in identifying how horse riding and horsemanship programs will meet your NDIS goals.  Contact us to learn more about what we can offer.

What you will learn

Following these stages, participants will have increased confidence working around horses.  Of course the skills of horsemanship are transferable to many aspects of daily life too.


We are very proud of our horses, we have bred and trained to be safe, and they are beyond that.


We are very passionate when it comes to this unique program and are encouraging families and friends to join us.  We love to extend this program out to young children/adults that are experiencing any form of isolation, loneliness, bullying or mental health associated concerns.

What you will learn

 

Your learning will unfold as you are ready to progress but it will generally follow the following scope and sequence: 

  • General safety around horses

  • Basic anatomy of horses

  • Equine terminology and vocabulary

  • Grooming basics

  • Common health issues to look for

  • Walking and leading horses

  • Equipment for riding and training horses

  • Tacking horses ready for a rider

  • Nutrician and a balanced diet 

  • Pasture and paddock maintenance

  • + much more...

WHAT TO WEAR WHEN YOU VISIT GCEC?

It is a very good idea to wear long pants and boots, if you have them, every time you are onsite at GCEC. Even if you are not riding closed in shoes are a great idea. If you don't have boots, sneakers or other similar closed shoes will suffice. Sanitised helmets will be provided by the school if you are riding.

Plan to arrive 15 mins earlier than your scheduled appointment or lesson.

Please note that bookings are non-refundable, no cancellations due to bad weather as we have an undercover arena. 

Get in touch

Our Business Hours

Tuesday - Friday 7:00am - 12.30pm / 2:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday 7:00am - 1.30am

Send text messages to: 0499 099 901

Send emails to:  gcequestinfo@gmail.com 
 

Your inquiries are important to us. As our site team and coaches are typically hard at work during business hours and cell phones are not permitted in the equestrian areas of the centre we can't always take your call.  To ensure your inquiry doesn't get missed, we prefer you contact us by text message or email rather than phone call as we aren't always able to receive voice calls.  Better still, use our online booking service to secure your spot.

To avoid disappointment, please make an appointment with our team before visiting us on site.  Our horses, riders and their safety are our priority and movement around our site is limited to members.  All guests must be escorted for their own safety.

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0499 099 901 

gcequestinfo@gmail.com

212 Stewart Road, Clagiraba, QLD 4211, Australia

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