I bet we all know a boy with ADD/ADHD. He’s the kid that just can’t seem to sit still. He has to constantly be on the go. Even though he may be lovable, he seems to always be in trouble. And school is a day to day challenge for him. But will it surprise you to know that there are girls (and women) who struggle with this disorder as well? In this interesting article they look at why girls often fail to be diagnosed and provide good information on what to look for when considering if a girl may have ADD/ADHD.
We do work with girls dealing with ADD/ADHD. I think that Equine Assisted Therapy can be especially helpful for them, as most girls (yes, I know I’m generalizing, but it has been my experience) love animals and want to build a bonded relationship with their horse. They quickly learn that they worry the horse if their energy is too high. They have to slow it down, including the constant chatter. And they learn that there is a routine that is followed for grooming, tacking up and then riding their horse. Oh, and let’s not forget how important focus is while riding! Yep, our girl client’s dealing with ADD/ADHD enjoy their time with the horses and leave with feelings of success, something that can be rare for kids with this disorder.
If you know a girl or boy with ADD/ADHD, a teen or even and adult dealing with these issues, give us call or send us an email to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about your challenges and share how we may be able to help.