Equine-assisted therapy

Equine-assisted therapy

It is a therapeutic riding or horse therapy adapted to an individual rider and his or her problems and has its own objective. It is comprehensive: in terms of physical as well as psychological and social fields.

Who should take on the therapy?

It is recommended for persons with mental disabilities, minor physical handicaps, behavioural problems, social issues, learning difficulties, autism and autism spectrum disorders, sensory disturbances, hyperactive persons, blind and partially-sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, etc.

What are the benefits of equine-assisted therapy?

Riding improves posture and balance, and relaxes muscles. It strengthens the sense of symmetry, enhances mobility and improves coordination. The proper posture is also a precondition for the proper movement of shoulder girdle and arms, pelvis and legs, the development of proper breathing and speaking.

This therapy helps the riders to learn how to cooperate and solve their problems, follow the instructions. Taking care of and riding the horse – all this requires physical skills, trust, cooperation, expressing the emotions, communication, responsibility. A horse can thus be an excellent member of a therapeutic team in developing working habits, overcoming personal fears, strengthening the feelings of self-confidence and trust in one’s abilities. It helps to stimulate the rider’s healthy responses and to transfer them in everyday life.

How is the therapy carried out?

The therapy is adapted to rider’s wishes, objectives we wish to attain while taking into account the rider’s problems or limitations. The activity is adapted according to the rider’s ability of concentration, physical capacity and motivation.

It lasts from 30 to 45 minutes: it includes all activities, i.e. from the preparation of a horse, riding/activities with the horse to the final tasks (storing the equipment, horse care/massage, feeding).