Twin sisters Laura and Natalie were nine years old when they joined the special needs section of the Horse Rangers. They have Down’s syndrome which affects the twins learning and physical development and means that they can be more prone to certain medical conditions than other children. Laura and Natalie’s mother explains the difference it has made to her daughter
“It is often a challenge for parents of children with special needs to find extra-curricular activities to take part in. The additional help that is required for them means that it can be difficult to organise and can also be very expensive. Having twins, this is doubly true for me, and even a trip to the local swimming pool can be a real struggle”.
“Coming to Horse Rangers is a treat for us all, not only because the activity itself is so special, but because of the tremendous support of all the volunteers. They provide individual assistance for each child so that I know my girls are in safe hands. This also means that all of the children are able to learn at their own level. The enthusiasm of the volunteers is infectious and they are superb at encouraging the children. It is amazing to see some of the developments that they have made”.
“Coming to the Horse Rangers is a treat for us all, not only because the activity itself is so special, but because of the tremendous support of all the volunteers”
“When Laura and Natalie first came to Horse Rangers they used to cling on tight to the saddle and had to work really hard just to stay balanced, but the sessions have really helped them both to develop greater core strength and co-ordination so that they can now sit upright on their horses and are happy to trot just holding onto the reins.”
“Laura and Natalie always look forward to riding with the Horse Rangers and can’t stop talking about riding again once a session is over. They love being with the horses and I even use horse-themed activities to help motivate them with other learning activities. It is great to be able to give them the opportunity to be involved in something special like this – I know it wouldn’t be logistically or financially practical to try and arrange this with a private riding school.”