"A horse’s genuine demeanor and the ability to reflect feelings is a powerful tool for individuals who are in need of emotional, physical and mental healing"
Physically and cognitively, it is the horse’s three-dimensional stride, which emulate a human's gait. This in turn stimulates the rider physically and cognitively toward reaching their therapeutic goals, making it a provenly effective therapy tool.
• Improved balance & gait
• Improved coordination, motor planning and reflexes
• Enhanced gross and fine motor control
• Improved Speech and Language through core strengthening
• Sensory integration surrounded by environmental stimuli relaxes their responses
• Increased range of motion of the joints
• Stretching of tight or spastic muscles throughout the legs, back and arms.
• Decreased spasticity is reduced through the warmth and rhythmic motion of the horse. This in turn reduces abnormal movement patterns. Improved posture
• Development of muscles and symmetry
• Improved respiration and circulation
While on or off the horse, participants must pay attention, follow directions and work through many tasks. These educational benefits are improved through the enjoyment of interacting with one's horse.
• Increased attention span and concentration
• Improved processing, retaining, and following through with directions.
• Development of positive coping strategies
• Advanced motor planning, sequencing and patterns
•Improved eye-hand coordination
• Improved cognitive reasoning and speech processes
• Increased language skills
• Enhanced memory
• Enhanced visual spatial perception