Benefits

Benefits of therapeutic riding

 

Psychological

  • Developing self-discipline and patience
  • Developing self-control, self-respect and accountability
  • Reduction of introversion
  • Developing the learner’s self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Overcoming various phobias
  • Improving self-awareness
  • Improving mobility
  • Improving the general sense of well-being through outdoors exercise in fresh air

Social

  • Improving communication (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Development of teamwork, cooperation and socialization
  • Nurturing respect and love for animals
  • Establishing a relationship between the therapist and the trainee
  • Social interaction (eg: a) A three-way interaction between the learner, the horse and the therapist, b) An interaction between the trainee and other riders, horses, group members and visitors)
  • Enriching social experiences
  • Having fun

Physical

  • Reduction of muscle spasticity and normalizing the muscle tone
  • Improving control of the head, torso and pelvis
  • Promoting proper posture
  • Improving balance
  • Promoting and improving gait
  • Increasing the joints’ range of motion
  • Inhibition of pathological patterns of movement and promotion of normal ones
  • Improving movement coordination, acquiring faster reflexes
  • Development of the sensory-motor and visual-motor system (sensory integration)
  • Improving the cardiopulmonary function and the endurance
  • Developing body symmetry
  • Muscle strengthening

Educational

  • Improving the reading ability
  • Aiding the understanding of mathematics
  • Acquiring sequence, imitation and motion planning
  • Improving hand-eye coordination
  • Differentiating between the significant and the insignificant stimuli
  • Developing visual perception, space perception, orientation, visual sequential memory
  • Improving attention span (reducing distraction)