Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic horseback riding, also known as an Equine Assisted Activity, Adaptive Riding, and Riding for the Disabled, is the use of the horse and equine-oriented activities to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals, including cognitive, physical, emotional, social, educational and behavioral goals. Therapeutic Riding is known as one of the most progressive therapies for individuals with a range of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social disabilities.    

Research shows that therapeutic riding can provide remarkable physical, emotional, and mental benefits. These benefits have proven to be enormous for individuals with all types of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism and mental retardation. A horse’s movement stimulates the rider’s body in a manner that closely resembles the gait of a human. This motion promotes muscle strength, increases endurance, and improves posture, balance, flexibility and coordination. Relationships formed with horses and volunteers bring increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem.