Therapeutic Riding uses the horse as the main tool for the physical, emotional, psychological and social development of people with special needs or disabilities. This therapeutic activity is carried out on horseback, developing basic riding skills focused on specific learning objectives.
Areas that are included within Equine Therapy: THERAPY, SPORTS, EDUCATION, FUN.
CHARACTERISTICS AND BENEFICIAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE HORSE
Three-dimensional step and multi-functional movement
Body heat of approximately 38 °
Pulse transmission (approximately 110 pulses per minute by walking)
Low impact physical exercise
Motivating agent in the psychological, social and educational area.
Horse movement has a dynamic effect on the rider's body, as it resembles a person's normal walking and is used to produce specific physical changes, including normalization of muscle tone, improve posture and balance, and increase the rider's strength.
The movement of the horse and the relationship established with it mitigate sensory integration problems, sharpen the senses and explore various learning channels.
Overcoming fear and anxiety by being around a horse and developing equestrian skills helps the rider to increase his self-esteem and self-confidence. The simple fact of being close to a living being and developing an emotional bond, make this a successful experience.
Therapeutic Riding also seeks to develop positive social relationships, through constant coexistence between the rider, his support team, the instructor and of course with the horse.
In addition to this, the horse is an excellent motivator for riders, who find a fun way to learn new things. Within Therapeutic Riding educational goals can be added (recognizing letters and numbers, following instructions, language development, coordination, etc.) and they are carried out in a way that the rider perceives them as a game.
Developing equestrian activities represents a challenge for our riders but it is always perceived as a positive and fun, playful experience.
WHO IT CAN BENEFIT
Therapeutic Riding is aimed for people with different levels of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological and sensory abilities.
The range is vast, including:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Learning or behavioral problems
Low self-esteem and socialization problems.
Physical, emotional and sexual abuse
EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING
Through workshops, horses are incorporated in an experiential way for learning and emotional growth; is a joint effort between a therapist and a horse professional working with clients and horses for therapeutic purposes.
Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses, processing and discussing thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and patterns, to create high-impact metaphors. These activities it are not mounted, they are all done from the floor.
It can be applied in different modalities, for example: personal and family therapy, sports teams, business teams, school groups, people in addiction recovery and anyone who wants to know themselves and achieve personal growth through directed workshops .
We work with horses because they have great power to influence people in an incredibly intense way. Horses are large and powerful, which naturally allows you to overcome fear and build confidence. The size and strength of horses are intimidating for many people, so performing a task involving a horse, despite fears, increases confidence and gives us the opportunity to create wonderful metaphors to face other intimidating situations and challenging in life. In addition, horses resemble man in the sense that they are social animals, they have defined roles within their herds and prefer to be with their own. They have different temperaments, personalities, and moods; therefore they provide us with many opportunities for metaphorical learning.
Horses are sensitive to non-verbal communication and respond reflexively to non-verbal messages they receive from participants. These responses provide the client and the therapy team with information that enables them to recognize their current behavior patterns and motivates them to change them to new ones.