The gentle rhythm of the horse. The bond that exists between horse and rider. These are only two reasons why people ride.
Such pleasures are shared by recreational and therapeutic riders alike. But, for the therapeutic rider, mounting a horse is more than a recreational activity. It is a way to improve one's physical, cognitive and emotional well being.
We know the horse is an animal that captivates one's soul. But, our four-legged friends have 110 movements which are difficult to replicate by either human or machine. For riders with physical disabilities, such movements help stimulate postural and muscular reactions.
The social and emotional benefits of therapeutic riding are numerous. The bond created between horse and rider fosters a trust that a rider may not experience in other areas of his or her life. This leads to greater self esteem which he or she can then apply to personal relationships.
For the developmentally disabled, therapeutic riding fosters such cognitive abilities as planning and spatial awareness.
The power of the horse. Absolutely amazing!