Why a Horse?
The horse's movement is transferred to a rider, it produces a combination of sensory, motor and neurological input that benefits a wide variety of chalenges. Horses create a dynamic, three-dimensional movement that cannot be reproduced. The stride of the horse, coupled with the animal's warmth, provide numerous benefits including:
-strong sensory stimulation to muscles and joints
-impacts the balance and movement sense detected by sensory receptors
-varied tactile (touch) experiences as the rider hugs or pats the horse. -Watching the horse and other riders is also visually stimulating
hearing the hoofs and smelling the barn impact other senses.
-Auditory Processing and communication goals are addressed by asking the rider to follow simple or multi-step directions (such as "turn to face backwards and give me high five") and the rider is encouraged to communicate directions to the horse ("go" or "whoa") by using words or actions (pulling on the reins).
-Special relationships can be develop with their horse.
The bond between the horse encourages individua form an attachment and interaction with another living being. This is especially difficult for children with autism to achieve.
-Instructors help develop memory and concentration; strength, balance, and coordination; a sense of body-awareness; and improved socialization
- the greatest benefits is the enjoyment partisapants get out partisapating. They don't even realize that they are participating in a therapeutic activity - it's just a lot of fun