Equine therapy is unique and provides benefits that no other therapy can provide. It addresses physical, emotional and developmental disabilities equally well. Therapy for autism, which is becoming ever more prevalent, is only one example of its many successes. The bond formed between our riders and a nurturing, intuitive horse simply cannot be replicated or replaced.
The benefits of therapeutic riding for people with disabilities are as varied as the individuals themselves. Participants will progress as riders at varying rates and may experience one or many of the following benefits.
• Improvement of balance
• Development of coordination
• Mobilization of trunk and pelvis
• Strengthening of muscles
• Normalization of muscle tone
• Prevention of contractures
• Increased confidence and self-esteem
• Improvement of attention span
• Promotion of independence
• Improvement of social integration
• Access to recreation, sport and/or competition
Horseback riding can give the rider the freedom to go wherever he or she wants to go without the burden of a wheelchair or cane. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the riders and observing the benefits of the bond formed between horse and rider is a remarkable sight!