The multi-dimensional movement of the horse recreates the human gait more effectively than any other means of physical therapy. Horses are dynamic, sensitive animals that communicate through the subtle use of body language. They respond to situations giving immediate, honest feedback without judgment. Horses are large and powerful animals, which naturally create an opportunity for individuals to overcome fear and develop greater self-confidence. Horses have their own unique personalities, attitudes, moods, and backgrounds, which provide endless experiences and situations for growth, healing, learning and relationship building.
Benefits of Therapeutic Equestrian Activities
Horseback riding is a progressive therapeutic activity for improving muscle stimulation, strength, coordination, flexibility, posture, and balance for people with physical disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, hypotonia, visual impairment, Down Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and more. In addition to these physical benefits, equestrian activities increase communication, social and organizational skills, and enhance self-confidence, relationship building, teamwork, and independence.
EquiCenter participants perceive therapeutic horseback riding as a more positive experience than traditional therapy, serving as a strong motivator in achieving their therapeutic goals. EquiCenter's nationally recognized programs also address mental/ emotional, neurological and cognitive challenges such as autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), various mental health issues, and challenging life circumstances. EquiCenter's program, Heroes and Horses, provides therapeutic equestrian activities to wounded veterans in need and their families.
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