By: staff
Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center (LTRC) is proud to announce that construction of the Children’s Guild Foundation Sensory Trail on
the facility grounds has begun!

Through the generosity of The Children’s Guild
Foundation, LTRC can now offer a unique multi-sensory based experience for our riders.

Sensory integration is important for brain function, vision and learning.
The trail at Lothlorien uses a multi-sensory approach for enhancing these skills
which will be a tremendous addition to our menu of therapeutic services.

A sensory trail is defined as a rich learning environment of woodland paths which consists of slopes, turns, varied footing, natural sights and sounds, as well as man-made "sensory experiences." This environment challenges the rider's balance, stimulates their senses and encourages them to interact with the world around

The Children’s Guild Foundation Sensory Trail at Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center is designed to provide a multitude of sensory awareness features for a wide variety of riders. Our first phase will feature the construction of three sensory stations - olfactory, auditory, and vision. Tactile and touch features will
also be incorporated within each station. The sensory trail can easily be modified and changed to highlight variety and ensure an ongoing
interest for our riders.

The importance of any sensory experience is to foster global awareness and appreciation of the interconnection of the world around us.
Sensory awareness helps us understand our bodies and creates the desire to explore, question, adapt to rapid change, and deal with complexity.

These sensory experiences help build the foundation for higher learning which continues throughout our life span.

Sensory experiences include: touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound, and the pull of gravity. The process of the brain organizing and interpreting this information is called sensory integration. With the added benefit of the
horse’s movement, this experience can provide a rewarding, memorable, healing and emotional experience for the trail rider.

The horse’s walk provides sensory input through movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. This movement is similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. Add the input while riding the horse, along with the sensory discoveries on our sensory trail and the outcome is an overall rewarding experience where we discover our connection to ourselves
and nature.

The new sensory trail holds very true to our mission statement: Assisting individuals to develop their highest potential through therapeutically based equine activities. LTRC is looking forward to the new connections and discoveries that will come about as a result of our new sensory trail.

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