Equine Therapy aka Horse Back Riding Therapy
According to The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs.
Around the world, PATH members help more than 66,000 children and adults—including 6,200 veterans and active-duty military personnel—with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges find strength and independence through equine therapy. From PATH’s website:
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.
We partner with local non-profit organizations to bring horseback riding therapy to our foster children. If you are interested helping us sponsor this extremely valuable program please get in touch!
There are several Equine Therapy options available in Central and Northern Kentucky—we are the State of Unbridled Spirit, after all. You can search for PATH associated stables, or you can contact our in-house expert Krissie Myers.