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BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC RIDING
Therapeutic Riding has myriad benefits that have been noted for centuries. Not only does it improve balance, joint mobility, coordination, and posture, but it also can ease symptoms of a number of disabilities.
Among these disabilities are brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, hearing and visual impairments, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, it can help riders improve motor skills, self-esteem, concentration and problem solving abilities.
During therapeutic riding, an individual’s body moves in a manner similar to human walking. The horse moves up and down, side to side, and back and forth in synchronized and repetitive patterns, much the same as the human gait. This movement improves the riders balance, body symmetry, muscle tone and head and neck control.