Through gentle play, games, songs, and stretching exercises, therapeutic riding may provide riders many physical, emotional and psychological opportunities for improvements in their daily lives.  

Did you know a horses' movements are similar to a human's gait?  Riders facing physical challenges often show improvements with their:

  • flexibility
  • balance
  • muscle strength
  • personal confidence
  • life empowerment
  • general relaxation

Riders that face developmental delays and/or emotional or psychological challenges that participate in therapeutic riding programs may show improvement in their:

  • personal confidence
  • self awareness
  • self control
  • focus
  • hand-empowerment
  • general relaxation

Other Types of Equine Assisted Therapies

Therapeutic Riding

According to PATH International, "Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs."