Life Skills Lessons From Hay to Neigh

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Life Skills students in the district are participating in HorseAbility, a therapeutic horse-riding program designed to support academics and life skills-related activities outside the classroom.

The program promotes the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of students through activities such as riding, caring for horses, driving in a sulky and preparing horse treats. The students, who are part of the high school’s Career Employment Institute (CEI) program, visit the Old Westbury horse farm each week, where they learn to follow checklists and directions, calculate elapsed time, measure, read charts and reinforce social skills. Upon returning to the school, the students create graphic organizers and write essays to reflect on their experiences.

The HorseAbility program is funded by the Carol White PEP grant.