Therapeutic Horseback Riding has been widely accepted as a unique and beneficial therapy to many persons with various disabilities. This type of therapy benefits the horse as well as the individual with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, equine-assisted activities have been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, and motor development as well as emotional well-being. Individuals with almost any cognitive, physical and/or emotional disability can benefit from therapeutic riding. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem.
Local, State, National and even International Competition often is the logical progression for individuals with disabilities who have mastered equestrian skills and seek to further challenge themselves.
The sense of independence and acceptance found through these activities with the horse benefits all those who are involved (riders, volunteers, and equines).
Individuals with the following disabilities commonly participate and benefit from equine facilitated therapy and activities:
-Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
-Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
-Spinal Cord Injuries
Interested in Therapeutic Horseback Riding for your child, yourself, or a loved one?
Download our Rider Registration Packet under our Forms Page and mail it to the address on the cover sheet or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.