Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

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Therapeutic horseback riding is recognized by both the American Occupational Therapy and American Physical Therapy Associations. Studies have shown that participants in therapeutic riding can gain physical, mental, and emotional improvements in the follow areas:

  • Physical
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Reduction in muscle spasticity (tightness)
  • Speech production
  • Mental
  • Attention span
  • Concentration
  • Patience
  • Motivation for learning
  • Understanding cause and effect
  • Emotional
  • Self confidence
  • Boosts self-image
  • Increases independence
  • Bonding with the horse and volunteers
  • Appropriate interaction with others
  • A feeling of success
The sight, feel, sounds, and smells associated with horses in HHTLC's country setting provide a multi-sensory experience for our riders, one which cannot be duplicated in a traditional clinic setting. The best part is that all of these benefits can be achieved while having fun!