What Is Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic Riding is mounted therapy in which people with disabilities ride horses to relax, and to develop muscle tone,
All these measurable therapeutic benefits come without the rider even being aware of being in therapy! The benefits are not only physical in nature or reserved for individuals with physical disabilities. There are emotional and psychological benefits as well. Horses are non-judgmental; they do not laugh when told secrets. They provide a strong shoulder to lean on and they do not shun people who are a little different.
As our rider's skills increase, so does their self-esteem and general well being. Research has proven that exercise and interpersonal interaction produces profound benefits for individuals with special needs working to reach their full physical, mental and social potential.
Therapeutic Riding Benefits
- Improves balance and coordination
- Provides passive stretch for tight muscles
- Replicates a muscle movement pattern like that of walking
- Improves posture
- Strengthens muscles by encouraging muscular response
- Improves range of motion
- Increases awareness of one's body
- Stimulates the vestibular, nervous and circulatory systems
Spirit Therapies' riders represent a wide range of ages and disabilities. To join their ranks, a potential rider must complete either the Therapuetic Riding Packet or the Equine Assisted Learning Packet and provide all of the requested medical information and liability releases.
Spirit Therapies is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Someday through support of our friends, riders, volunteers, sponsors and the public, we will be able to offer our services free of charge through our Pegasus Program.