Overview of the benefits of equine therapy
patient improves his/her vertical and horizontal balance, muscle tone,
improves motor coordination, experiences the independent movement of the
pelvis and shoulders, which are essential for enable healthy walking
habits. Riding provides the same upper body sensations as walking.
patient feels a sense of general well-being, improved self-esteem and
self-confidence. The therapy also helps to reduce feelings of
insecurity and fear that in turn will help the patient gain more
confidence in everyday
attention and concentration, essential qualities that any person should
have for any area requiring educational skills. Overcoming the space-time
domain presented by the therapy promotes thinking.
therapy promotes the development of respect, responsibility, perseverance
and loving toward animals. The
positive attitude that the student acquires, improves family and social
How does equine therapy work?
therapy is a complementary therapy that stimulates the entire body of the
patient. The patient, regardless of age, when on top of the horse
increase their self-esteem, enjoy the therapy and when accompanied by a
combination of other therapies (music, massage therapy, coordination,
sensory therapy, psychotherapy, etc.. ) during the riding period increases
the patient's rehabilitation.
is no "standard" set of exercises Equine Therapy. Various
exercises are recommended to stimulate different body areas, organs or
muscle groups. Each patient must be treated according to their specific
problem, The therapy requires rhythm, dexterity and contact so the exercise
program undergoes continual adjustment depending on progress and medical
conditions, the monitoring of which helps to increase efficiency and
The therapy should be considered in the same way as a "made to
measure" tailored suit that is specifically designed for each patient's
simple act of sitting on top of a horse enables a passive therapy. In order
to get a higher degree of rehabilitation, exercises must be performed by the
patient during the therapy period via external stimuli and incentives such
as the horse's pace, the position of the patient on the horse etc., these
are factors that influence and determine the effectiveness of this active
What are the benefits of equine therapy?
Equine therapy benefits both the physical and
nervous systems and it can be directed to a specific function or group of
functions that need to be stimulated as a whole, progressing according to
the specific requirements that the doctor considers to be a priority for the
The type of horse, it's training and care are
essential for equine therapy, firstly for safety and secondly for the rhythmic
and harmonious movement transmitted to the patient.
The patient actively participates in the
rehabilitation process through interaction with the horse
Who should consider using equine therapy?
Patients that can benefit from Equine Therapy
are children and adults with disorders such as:
- Mental and Emotional Disturbances: autism, phobias,
- Behavioral Disorders: aggressiveness, nervousness, stress, shyness, insomnia, sedentary habits.
- Development delays, learning disabilities, social
- Dysfunctions with neurological motor impairment: cerebral palsy,
vascular-cerebral accidents, cerebral trauma.
- Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome.
- Sensory, visual, auditory and speech problems.
- Orthopedic Problems: posture, equilibrium, joint degeneration,
injuries, amputations, congenital defects.
- Rheumatic Diseases: adult and child rheumatoid arthritis, gout.
- Respiratory problems: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
post-operational and/or post-traumatic.