Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities. It not only focuses on the therapeutic riding skills but also the development of a relationship between horse and rider. We believe a disability does not have to prevent a person from riding horses; experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. The rhythmic movement of a horse allows the rider’s body to move in a manner similar to the human gait. As a result, riders with disabilities often show improvement in their flexibility, muscle strength and balance. Other benefits gained include recreational and social opportunities.
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