It has been clinically proven that just the presence of the horse affects the functions of the human brain, as it has a calming effect. The horse becomes an extension of the body of the rider and helps people with movement disabilities discover unusual feelings, such as the joy of a ride, a walk in the countryside and more importantly the joy of independence, personal and movement-wise. As a means of recovery the horse gives us intense stimuli, that are however both rhythmic and controlled. When the horse walks, it mimics the human gait, transferring to the torso and pelvis of the rider exactly the same movement that our legs transmit normally when walking. In addition, the body heat of the horse improves the blood circulation, promotes relaxation and reduces the muscle spasticity.
The rider’s ability to perceive and process sensory stimuli is improved through the smooth and rhythmic movement of the horse. That movement is transmitted to the rider at a frequency of 90-110 pulses / minute (which no therapist can achieve regardless of expertise) and relaxes the contracted muscles, helping the reduction of spasticity and improving the muscle strength. Breathing becomes deeper and more complete. At the same time, the horse and this type of treatment become a very powerful motivational force for those with disabilities and psychological difficulties, as the treatment happens outdoors, with a completely different framework from that of a cold clinic’s room. That makes the treatment less burdened by psychological fatigue and denial, even though this kind of treatment is more physically tiring.