The beautiful benefits of therapeutic riding
People with physical or mental disabilities often benefit from horseback riding. The movement of a horse can help stimulate dormant nerves and muscles, improving strength, balance and posture. The warmth of the horse's body helps with relaxation, reducing rigidity and spasticity. As individuals progress and become more comfortable and capable with a horse, they build confidence. People participating in group lessons also meet new friends—both equine and human!
Therapeutic riding differs from hippotherapy in that students learn to ride the horse instead of the horse filling in as a therapeutic tool.
For more information on hippotherapy and therapeutic riding, please visit PATH International.