How Does Therapeutic Riding Benefit a Person?
Warmth and three-dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making any tension more relaxed. Therapeutic Riding can significantly promote better overall health for our students by reducing spasms and improving balance, mobility, posture, circulation and
co-ordination, as well as, strengthen muscles throughout the rider’s body.
Muscle tone, flexibility, gait (ability to walk), respiration, circulation, metabolism, sensory perception and integration, independence: self-care and mobility.
How can Therapeutic Riding improve Gait?
Therapeutic riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait so those with mobility problems discover a new freedom in movement. Motor function is improved by this unique and enjoyable therapy.
Concentration, problem solving and decision making skills, insight, motivation, self- esteem, confidence, learning/practicing concepts e.g. letters, numbers, colours, distances, shapes etc. Therapeutic Riding has show significant improvements in students’ overall emotional well-being, and their sense of independence.
Therapeutic Riding has proved to significantly improve students’ communication and social skills, as well as their self-esteem in social situations. Improved awareness, responsibility, recognition of positive behaviour, and improved ability of relationship building are all key benefits of the students’ interactions and experiences in learning to ride. The unique relationship formed with their horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.