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Therapeutic Riding Benefits

“There is something about the outside of the horse that is good for the inside of man.”
-Winston Churchill

It is especially true of the benefits of therapeutic riding for children and adults with special needs, the disabled, the autistic, as well as troubled teens.

  • A horse is a dynamic living animal that lends itself perfectly to a MULTI-SENSORY approach to healing.
  • Posture, balance, coordination, strengthening and stretching all OCCUR NATURALLY in the course of riding.
  • Many persons who are restricted to wheelchairs, braces and/or crutches become INDEPENDENTLY MOBILE for the first time while riding a horse.
  • Through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EEAT), certified instructors use horses to help increase the physical fitness, as well as self-esteem and confidence of the rider.
  • The horses’ natural rhythm moves the muscles and spine in a way that duplicates the normal movements of walking.
  • It is not only the thrill of being up on a horse, but the feeling of being free to go places and the sensation of motion that stimulates the bones, muscles, and organs of the body and inspires self-assurance that helps to normalize the whole body system. Hyperactive youngsters settle into the rhythm of the horse’s walk. Weak muscles gain strength and give the body balance, and self-confidence and self-esteem are instilled.
  • Whether it’s a five-year-old with Down Syndrome, or a senior citizen recovering from a stroke, research shows that individuals of all ages who participate in EAAT can experience physical and emotional rewards. For individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.
  • Partnering with equines also provides recreational opportunities for individuals to enjoy the outdoors, as well as take pleasure in the interaction with animals.

We here at Horses For Healing take pride and pleasure to be able to provide this service to our community!