What are the benefits?

Golf-RoundThe physical successes of therapeutic riding lie in the gait of the horse – a three dimensional swinging motion, which provides a unique, living therapy tool. Riders benefit from up/down, forward /backward, and side-to-side motion — including stimulated muscle, brain and social activity. Furthermore, equine-assisted activities positively affect a rider’s posture, balance, strength, focus, coordination, flexibility, self-awareness, confidence and sense of independence. Riders experience social and emotional growth gained from the bonds they create with their horses and people at our facility. Below are some more specific benefits of therapeutic riding.

Physical Benefits:

  • Improved posture control and balance
  • Increased muscle tone and strength
  • Increased core strength and development
  • Greater range of motion
  • Decreased spasticity
  • Better hand-eye coordination
  • Reduction of abnormal movement patterns

Cognitive/Sensory Benefits:

  • Development of learned skills
  • Tactile awareness and sensory integration
  • Improved application of tasks and skills
  • Sequencing, patterning and motor planning

Emotional/Social Benefits:

  • Independence
  • Increased self-control and awareness
  • Better emotional control
  • Greater self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Achievement
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Friendship and compassion
  • Cooperation
  • Personal hygiene
  • Greater respect for others, both humans and animals