Therapeutic Equestrian Program
When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
- William Shakespeare
The Movement of the Horse Heals the Body, Mind and Soul!
Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the body in a manner similar to the human walking gait. Riders with impaired mobility are taught balance, coordination, and self-assurance while receiving muscle stimulation. Individuals with learning or mental disabilities are motivated to increase concentration, patience, and discipline. The unique bond formed with the horse has also shown to aid in improved interpersonal relationships for those with psychological or emotional disabilities. As a result, all riders can experience increased self esteem and coping skills.