THERAPEUTIC RIDING

 

WHAT IS EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPY?

OVERVIEW

Equine-Assisted Therapy is generally defined as someone with special needs, sitting on a horse, as he slowly walks and moves the rider’s body in a way that, replicates the healthy muscle movements of a person who is able to walk naturally. This in turn, strengthens weakened muscles and bones. The horse becomes the legs, they cannot use, an extension of the body. Riding a horse for 30 minutes is equivalent to walking 3,000 normal walking steps.  When riding a horse, you use every muscle and joint in your entire body, as well as both sides of your brain. Regular participants in this type of program have been documented as showing improved balance, flexibility, and confidence. Many times, gaining success or developing horseback riding skills inspire a person with a disability to try other things that he/she previously had found too intimidating.

           

    Horses have a gift or unique power to touch and heal a painful place that another human is often unable to reach. A horse does not talk back, complain, ask for, or expect anything in return.  Horses do not judge, or criticize, or see a person with a disability as being different from others. The horse, being a social animal, has a natural ability to accept a person’s watch, care and affection. They have a high tolerance for error, they are patient, forgiving, and compassionate. The program teaches riders how to groom, saddle and ride a horse, but also, experience personal growth. The Growth necessary for self-motivation to reach beyond their personal, average abilities.

           

EQUINE-ASSISTED OR THERAPEUTIC RIDING BENEFITS:

  • Teaches individuals responsibilities, how to trust and respect authority, encourages open communication, and builds healthy relationships based on a bond formed between the rider and the horse.

  • Helps riders walk, talk, connect, focus, behave, and learn.

  • Provides an opportunity to overcome fear and develop confidence

  • Offers numerous physical, psychological, and educational benefits such as: relaxation, improved motor skills, postural control, self-confidence, reaching a higher self-image, and learning safe behaviors for riding and learning horsemanship skills.

  • Encourages the rider to make use of their entire body to steer, control, adjust the movement of the horse, and maintain balance. 

  • Involves demonstrate self-awareness, healthy boundaries, leadership, patience, acceptance, forgiveness, and more.

  • Teaches responsibilities and is a great incentive for proper behavior.

  • Uses horses to calm the rider and therefore teaches patience that can be translated to home, school, and the community.

  • Uses the horse who doesn’t care who you are, what you’ve done, or what you believe. They care only how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to a troubled soul who is revealing his/her true self. This acceptance creates self-worth.

HOURS OF OPERATION
HORSES FOR SALE

See list for more details.

LOCATION

Address:

2609 Fern Lake Cutoff,

Marshall, TX 75672

Phone: (817) 980-2535

Email: sheryl@sherylfogle.com

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