Located at Canyon Acres Ranch Children's Treatment Center in Anaheim Hills, Seneca’s GAIT Program is managed by specially trained PATH certified staff. The program is designed to help vulnerable children overcome the hurdles that affect their young lives, providing hope and healing leading them down the path of success.
Seneca's Guided Animal Intervention Therapy Program (GAIT) is a spiritual and enriching experience that brings together horses, volunteers, disabled and disadvantaged children, adults and their families. In an hour of therapeutic horseback riding, self esteem increases as well as one’s general confidence in their own abilities. For one hour, a student is transported away from difficulties and enjoys a time of unconditional love. There is something magical about the bond between a horse and a child. The authentic environment, the lowering of defenses and natural progression of trust help children heal by building a relationship with the horse. This is done through the youth caring for the horse, bonding and having opportunities to build their self esteem when riding.
Equine-assisted learning involves the teaching of all aspects of horsemanship skills in order to develop life and social skills. Through equine facilitated activities, horses aid in developing kinesthetic learning, cognitive insight, leadership skills, a healthy image as well as forming attachments. Students of the program discover their natural strengths, explore self soothing behaviors, connect with themselves, care for others and expand their creativity.
In addition to serving as a therapeutic tool, the program also allows for:
All of which contribute to the healthy growth and development of the participants.