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The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
 By Seven Sins   •   6th Jan 2012   •   4,154 views   •   20 comments
Therapeutic RidingMost people have heard of some form of physical therapy. Well on horseback it is often called Hippotherapy, it is a commonly used for around 100 different conditions; autism, brain injuries, spinal cord injury, visual or hearing loss, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, as well as many other conditions. These diseases and conditions can benefit from riding horses, they can increase balance, confidence, mobility, flexibility, and muscle strength. When riding a horse it mimics the gait that a human makes when walking, so for those that can't walk, it is a way to walk again.

Since riding is similar to the human walk it strengthens the spine as well as improves posture and muscle tone. It has both physical and emotional benefits. When using a horse, it allows everyone to be on equal grounds and gives them a sense of freedom. I personally know how much horses have driven me to keep going since my accident. Participants can also learn companionship, confidence, responsibility, and educational skills.

In therapeutic riding, horses are trained in different ways to meet the needs of their riders. Horses can help with anxiety and depression as well as recover from trauma. Therapeutic horseback riding is made up certified therapists, staff, volunteers, as well as parents and family. I know after I rode for the first time since my accident, that it gave me a new mental boost as well as helped keeping my leg spasms under control. I'm hoping this Spring to get into a riding program near where I live.

Here is an example video of a therapeutic riding center I visited while in Maui. Where volunteers as well as my family helped me mount and ride again, the horses name is Jet.

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Set Free  
That is so cool :)
  Jan 6, 2012  •  3,128 views
 
halfbrokehorses  
lovely video and article :) will you be able to walk again after time?
  Jan 7, 2012  •  3,391 views
 
Let It Ride  
Great article!!
  Jan 7, 2012  •  3,104 views
 
Hikari  
I have a friend who needs to horse ride beause of depression, it has really helped her, everyone who has been with her since the start of her depression has noticed a real difference!
  Jan 7, 2012  •  3,100 views
 
All That Jazz  
I used to volunteer at a therapeutic riding center. :)
Great article!
  Jan 7, 2012  •  3,119 views
 
Emmurr  
It really goes to show how incredible horses are, I'm so glad to hear you're able to ride again.
  Jan 7, 2012  •  3,091 views
 
PhOeNiX  
wow thats cool
  Jan 7, 2012  •  3,102 views
 
Painted Destiny  
That's awesome! I think it'd be cool to volunteer. Glad you're getting to ride some (:
  Jan 8, 2012  •  3,083 views
 
Evergreen Creek Quarters  
Lovely article. :)
  Jan 8, 2012  •  3,176 views
 
Velski   
I would honestly love to volunteer at a therapeutic riding center, but I'm most likely too young. However, this is an incredible article! I wasn't aware that it could help with visual/hearing loss.
  Jan 8, 2012  •  3,104 views
 
BarrelRacer1300  
that is amazing and interesting because I volenteer at a therapuetic riding stable
  Jan 8, 2012  •  3,127 views
 
Double Spur Ranch  
Love this article!!! And the video :)
  Jan 9, 2012  •  3,095 views
 
Spaztastic  
Awesome :) Glad to hear you can keep riding !
  Jan 10, 2012  •  3,117 views
 
Moose  
Really cool, something we don't see a lot of on Ponybox. Thanks for sharing =D The best of luck!
  Jan 12, 2012  •  3,094 views
 
Mystic56  
Awesome! Hope you will recover soon :D
  Jan 13, 2012  •  3,135 views
 
Whispyy  
Such an amazing articale! Thanks for sharing! i wish you the best of luck! :))
  Jan 17, 2012  •  3,115 views
 
Cowzers  
Lovely article !
Before I purchased my first mare, she was one of the many horses for lessons at a Therapeutic Center. =]
  Jan 18, 2012  •  3,121 views
 
Equinest  
Wow that is soooo cool! (:
  Jan 19, 2012  •  3,108 views
 
Free Spirit Farm  
That is so cool!
  Jan 19, 2012  •  3,118 views
 
Artista  
I spent a short period at a Therapeutic riding facility (leading horses) and the change in the kids was really interesting. I've not seen people be affected like that so intensely ever before. Really cool experience.
  May 3, 2012  •  3,115 views
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