“It was a real pleasure having you come & play Saturday morning. I found the experiment both educational & very enjoyable. Immediate benefits I observed were how focus & attention to tasks for some of the riders were clearly improved. There was also a noticeable improvement in 2 of the horses. I believe all of the riders enjoyed the experience & I would love to try it with another group I have that’s more advanced. It was great fun experimenting & I look forward to doing some more work with this. It’s actually been quite inspiring.”
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“Outcomes observed include increased confidence and mobility, positive attitude, happy throughout the lesson, and even after the sessions on the way home and during the week.”
“I know through testimonial from parents and caregivers that they really look forward to the next session, asking about the violin during the week. They look forward to the violin being part of their riding time, participating in a relaxed way, and more responsive to instructor requests or challenges.”
Instructor Helgi also comments about J’s brother, who was riding simultaneously, “When his brother was trotting, I asked him to watch him trot, and he was looking back and forth between you and his brother, and this lightbulb came on; his brother was trotting to the music (because the music was a trot tempo, quick gait)! It was so cute. He’s said the word trot before but not really enjoyed trotting but today that’s all he wanted to do once that lightbulb went on. The music made trotting fun.”
Violin for Wellness Program Advocacy
Support including this arts component to your program at your facility. It is a wonderful upbeat addition, and sparks ideas for the instructors, creating energy for everybody, including the horses. I will be happy to come introduce the program to you or your board. Please Contact me.