Program Benefits

 

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  • improving balance and core stability
  • coordination, and sensory integration
  • stretching and strengthening muscles, decrease spasticity
  • agility and increase range of motion

The movement of the horse provides the rider’s system with varying inputs that closely resemble the movements one would experience through walking. The warmth and motion of the horse’s body can significantly reduce spasticity and enhance coordinated action in other muscle groups.

 

 

 

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  • alter rider perception of their limitations & promote general well being
    with exercise
  • expand rider views of their capabilities and increase interest in the “outside world”
  • develop positive effects on self-esteem and self-image & have fun

Astride a horse, the spectator becomes the participant.

 

 

Social Benefits

  • improve interpersonal skills & develop friendships
  • experience contact/interactions with instructor and volunteers
  • family opportunity to share experiences, ideas, successes and disappointments

The family and community are able to come together and witness firsthand the endless possibilities that therapeutic horseback riding has to offer.

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