Activities involving the horse can be used to assist people with disabilities in achieving physical and mental health, and cognitive, behavioural, social and communication goals.
In this context, a team approach involving therapeutic riding instructors, health professionals and riders who have disabilities, is used in designing and implementing the riding sessions.
Why Therapeutic Riding?
Mobilizes the trunk and pelvis
Normalizes muscle tone
Improves social integration
Provides access to recreation, sport and competition
Increases concentration, motivation and patience
Riders experience a sense of control they might not otherwise feel in their everyday life.
People with the following conditions may benefit from therapeutic riding. Please note this is not a comprehensive list.
Neurological Conditions / Brain:
Epilepsy and seizures
Traumatic brain injury
Neurological Conditions / Spinal Cord:
Spinal cord injury