Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding


Horseback riding helps physically and cognitively challenged individuals achieve a quality of life that is improved, enriched, and enhanced.  Based upon research and input from doctors, therapists, teachers, parents, and the rider; goals are designed to complement ongoing therapy and education.  Every rider has their own individualized set of goals and objectives.  The therapeutic riding instructors and therapists develop lesson plans for each rider and each lesson.  Lesson plans are executed and then evaluated after the lesson to monitor the rider’s progress.  Benefits of therapeutic riding may include improvements in the following areas:

~ Builds Muscle Tone           

~ Expands Range of Motion

~ Increases Physical Endurance

~ Enhances Coordination

~ Heightens Flexibility

~ Develops Balance and Posture   

~ Acquires and Refines Gross and Fine Motor Skills

~ Improves Breathing and Circulation:  Stimulating the Cardiovascular System.

~ Enhances Balance and Posture:  Experiencing the three-dimensional movement of the horse provides hip and back action that stimulates a person’s natural walking gait and cannot be duplicated in a clinical setting.

~ Boosts Self-Esteem, Confidence, Motivation, and Independence:  Channeling aggressive behavior or hyperactive behavior into constructive activity.

~ Activates Weak Brain Areas:  Increasing memory utilization, motor planning and sequencing skills.

~ Strengthens Social Skills:  Increasing self-awareness and self-regulation, as well as improving compliance and ability to follow directions.

~ Raises Human and Animal Bonding Skills:  Developing a meaningful and positive relationship with the volunteers and a strong bond with the horse.