Denver—There’s magic in the air when days start getting longer and golden sunlight stretches well into the evening. Teachers and students alike sigh with longing for the approaching summer vacation.
Parents, though, are often less than excited about summer as they wonder how they can keep their kids entertained while helping them learn more than what is offered on daytime television. There is nothing like sitting astride a horse or working in a stable to reinforce lessons learned during the school year while also discovering new skills and hobbies, and summer is an excellent time to explore the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits of therapeutic horsemanship. PATH Intl. Centers across the country are beginning registration periods for summer sessions.
Many centers offer riding lessons throughout the summer. In addition to riding lessons, PATH Intl. Center summer camps—for both disabled and able-bodied participants—offer lessons on horse care and ground work. Nature exploration is always a fun activity in any camp. Many activities and games, such as obstacle courses, help riders improve their equestrian skills while gaining physical benefits, such as improving balance, coordination and posture, increasing flexibility, and building muscle and core strength.
Summer camps and lessons fill up quickly. Contact the center nearest you to register. Go to the PATH Intl. website and click on Find a Center. Search by state and by activity.
Summer is just around the corner, and the memories are waiting to happen.
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