"Serving People WitWhat is Therapeutic Horseback Riding?
The physical benefits of riding are based primarily on the movements of the horse. At the walk, the horse's rhythmical gait transfers to the rider the pelvic movements of a normal walking man or woman: back and forth, up and down, side to side, and rotational. This repetitive motion helps to improve balance, coordination, strength, and muscle tone as it gently mobilizes the joints.
Cognitive impairments are addressed through.. instruction in horsemanship skills and stable management. Riders have a chance to socialize more easily with others and experience human-to-animal bonding. Riding is recognized as not only an enjoyable sport, but also as a means of improving self-esteem and motivation as participants gain a greater sense of freedom and independence. Riders are encouraged to participate in horse shows and other events, increasing self confidence and integration in the community. There are four distinct areas of emphasis in horseback riding for the physically and mentally challenged.h Physical, Mental, And Emotional Challenges.
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