What exactly is Therapeutic Riding?
Updated: Feb 18, 2020
Whenever I tell people that Riding 4 Life offers therapeutic riding most folks assume that many of my clients use wheelchairs or have significant physical limitations. In reality, I rarely work with anyone in a wheelchair and most of my clients with disabilities aren’t visibly identified as having one.
Therapeutic riding can describe an enormous range of activities that benefit an even larger and incredibly diverse group of people. It often refers to activities designed to make horseback riding accessible to those who are physically unable to ride independently. It can also describe equine activities designed with the help of occupational therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals to address everything from Autism, to Post Traumatic Stress, and Attachment Disorder. Types of therapeutic riding can include Hippotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning/Therapy or Psychotherapy, and what I like to call Therapeutic Horsemanship.
At Riding 4 Life, we recognize all of these benefits and work to employ them all for our clients as it best serves them. Riders with autism often benefit from a combination of Hippotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Whatever the precise technique or application chosen for a given client, one thing is certain – horses can be a lot of fun.
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