Why Horses

The Benefits of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Horses have the unique ability to enhance lives in several important areas.

Physically, the horse produces movement in its rider that mimics the human walk. The rhythmical, 3-dimensional movement of the horse’s back increases core strength, flexibility, balance, and bilateral coordination, even for riders who have never walked on their own before. This motion also stimulates the vestibular system, specifically aiding in sensory integration.

Horses are also capable of addressing emotional needs. As prey animals, they are always aware of their environment, including the people in it. Through only body language, they portray confidence, curiosity, fear, or relaxation. They do not judge, label, or discriminate their handlers or riders. Often individuals with language difficulties find it very easy to relate to the horse’s way of thinking and communicating, fostering a strong bond that increases self esteem, relational skills, and communication.

Additionally, therapeutic horsemanship activities can improve cognitive skills, such as sequencing, sensory integration, tactile awareness, and following directions. This occurs due to the multi-sensory input from the horse, the respect and concentration that the horse inherently elicits, and the motivation and sense of achievement that the horse provides when progress is made.

Chasing Rainbows participants benefit from
a customized, goal-oriented program plan.
Individuals with a variety of special needs are welcome.

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