Horses, a unique vehicle for
exercising one’s mind, body and spirit.
Saddling up and riding a horse is an enjoyable experience for many people, but for someone with a disability it can signify much more – a road to recovery. Each year people are discovering the benefits of treating children on horse back. Horse riding provides challenges as well as rewards.
The benefits of therapeutic riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served; riders who participate can experience physical, emotional, social and mental rewards.
The horse’s soothing rhythm, strength, warmth, and three-dimensional movement patterns provides healthy exercise. While improving circulation, muscle tone, control, balance, co-ordination and strength of the rider. The horse moves the human pelvis in exactly the way the pelvis would move when the person is walking. The human body learns what it feels like to walk without having to actively do the movement.
Unique relationships form between horse and rider helping to overcome fears and develop trust in the therapeutic team and themselves.
Children with cognitive and sensory disabilities can be helped with riding activities. Examples of some of these disorders include learning disabilities, low tone, autism, developmental disorders, ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. Riding requires attention, reasoning skills and memory.
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