Equine Therapy is Horses Helping People: How do horses help?
Horses can help with therapy in many ways.
Therapeutic riding programs offer ways to have a natural walking motion for patients who can't walk and this helps build better core strength, balance and confidence.
Horses help with emotional trauma. Veterans and inmates can be helped by working with horses and building a trust relationship.
Mini horses make visits to patients in hospitals and care centers. They also visit people to help people cope with tragedy much like therapy dogs.
Horses are honest and accepting. Horses form strong bonds to humans and become a partnership which helps the rider feel safe. Most therapeutic riding programs use people as spotters next to the horse and leading the horse so the rider can focus on the motion.
Horses help people with ADD/ADHD focus.
Sometimes psychotherapists use horses to help patients with cognitive or emotional issues.
Occupational therapists use horses to help patients with neuro-muscular disorders, balance, and coordination.
Therapeutic Riding helps children heal from trauma, as well as improve confidence.
Here is a link from Psychology Today that explains how horses help people.
Here is a video about a Miniature Horse Therapy program and how they help.
Do you have a story to share about how working with a therapy horse has helped in healing, strength, and confidence? Please join the conversation.