Therapeutic Horseback Riding is a form of physical therapy for people who have a range of disabilities including physical, emotional, cognitive, and social difficulties. Horses provide a tool for physical therapy, emotional growth, and cognitive improvement, in a unique format that is fun, exhilarating, and sometimes has the power to change a person’s perspective on life! Besides the physical benefits derived from therapeutic riding, the contact with the animal is a powerful experience, and the strong bond that is sometimes experienced often has a profound, uplifting effect on people who are troubled or suffering.
Specially trained medical doctors, physical therapist, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and psychotherapists utilize specific activities on the horse, which are beneficial to the individual. The treatment occurs in a controlled safe environment where the individual’s responses to sensory input and the resulting adaptive responses can be observed. This allows doctors to establish a baseline for neurological, physical, and sensory functions so that they may be able to judge a person’s reactions and improvements.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding can benefit people with a wide range of individual challenges and disabilities. At JMJ riding our Special Needs program specializes in working with those people who have:
- Asperger Syndrome
- Developmentally Delay
- Speech Impairments
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Extended Grief