What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic Riding is an alternative form of therapy using horses to help people with various disabilities.

Activities involving the horse can be used to assist people with disabilities in achieving physical and mental health, and cognitive, behavioral, 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?

  • Improves balance
  • Improves coordination
  • Mobilizes the trunk and pelvis
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Normalizes muscle tone
  • Prevents contractures
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Promotes independence
  • 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.

Who Benefits?

People with the following conditions may benefit from therapeutic riding. Please note this is not a comprehensive list.

Orthopedic conditions:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Congenital dislocation of the hip

Neurological Conditions / Brain:

  • Strokes C.V.A.
  • Cerabral Palsy
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Traumatic brain injury

Neurological Conditions / Spinal Cord:

  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury

 Behavioral conditions