Why Equestrian Therapy | Benefits | Autism | Physical Disability | Social Skills
Equestrian therapy is the use of horseback riding to address both physical and psyhological therapeutic needs. It is one of the most effective ways to teach coordination, balance, social skills, and communication skills.
Horses have long been considered symbols of peace and harmony with nature, but this is especially true when these animals are used in therapeutic programs. Equestrian therapy is recognized by many psychologists, psychiatrists and medical doctors as beneficial for the young and old alike, and in a variety of circumstances. Few forms of accessible recreational develop as many skills among the disabled as riding. A horse can be one's eyes or legs, and help one communicate and learn to trust.
The most common of the therapeutic uses for horses is physical therapy, for both permanently- as well as temporarily-disabled individuals. It is thought that the gentle motion of the horse stimulates the rider's muscles, improving circulation as well as range of movement. Modern technology and innovation ensures that even the severely disabled can benefit from equestrian therapy.
Psychological and Emotional Therapy
In addition to the physical therapeutic uses of horses, equestrian therapy is also used for children and adults with emotional and psychological problems. Bonding with a horse is a singularly buoying experience, giving humans an outlet for their fears and anxieties while promoting leadership skills and responsibility.
TEC works with both children and adults with challenges ranging from autism spectrum syndromes to war-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The results speak for themselves- seeing a mute child utter his or her first sentence in years, while on horseback, is nothing short of miraculous.