Horse back riding can be used in more ways than just sport, hobby, or pleasure..it can also be used as a tool to achieve ones goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people. It not only focuses on the riding skills but also the development of a relationship between horse and rider. It uses a team approach in order to provide treatment for the individual with the guidance of riding instructor.
Horses provide a unique neuromuscular stimulation when being ridden through their one of a kind movement. Horses move in a rhythmic motion that mimics the human movement of walking. While riding, the horses stride acts to move the rider's pelvis in the same rotation and side-to-side movement that occurs when walking. The horses adjustable gait promotes riders to constantly adjust the speed to achieve the desired pelvic motion while promoting strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and confidence. But maybe you don't want to ride? That's okay too! Horses can act as an aid by giving some a companion to care for. Grooming such as brushing, bathing, and currying aid in joint range of motion and have a relaxing and calming effect.