Horse Riding in Mani
Ktima Karageorgou works in conjunction with Pyrgos Riding Society to make it possible for those of you with greater or lesser riding experience, to discover more ways to be a part of nature and perhaps feel a bit more carefree, a bit more like the primitive you.
Sitting full of confidence astride a white horse you can set off on a trek through Mani. Ride along country roads, lanes and tracks that traverse mountains, gorges, rivers and beaches. Experience wonderful moments. Discover landscapes with sharp contrasts, unique geological formations, ecosystems of exceptional beauty that open up before you and make you feel elated.
It is a wonderful opportunity for families or groups of friends to relax and enjoy the scenery, led by experienced, competent instructors. The horses will be gentle and obedient right from the start because you will be with them lending a hand in saddling them up and bonding with them. There will be a few preliminary exercises so you can learn the strides and how to control the reins. You will be shown how to make the horse obey your commands.
The benefits of therapeutic/educational horse-riding
According to the handbook for instructors recognised by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Strides (Strides Book 1, page. 12-15), the benefits of therapeutic/Educational horse-riding are as follows:
– Improved balance, stronger muscles, better co-ordination in gross motor skills, faster reflexes, better mobility control, extension of contracted muscles, reduction of spastic spasms, greater range of movement in joints, reduction in pathological movement patterns, improved respiration and circulation, improved appetite and digestion, sensory fulfilment and improved body symmetry.
– Improved sense of well-being through engaging in outdoor exercise, increased confidence, increased interest in the external world, increased interest in personal benefits, better management of risk, increased patience, better control of emotions and greater self-discipline, better control of own behaviour.
-Improved literacy and numeracy skills, better interaction and pattern adoption, improved control of movement, hand-eye co-ordination, spatial awareness, and differentiation between major and minor stimuli.
– Bonding with the horse and with those who work with that or other horses, increased respect and love of animals through looking after horses, broadening of personal experience through activities surrounding horses and discovering places and treks, and having fun playing games with horses.