Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Children and Adults with a Disability

Inspire Foundation would like to provide horseback therapy for children and adults with a disability in Gozo.

Inspire Foundation Community July 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm
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Project Description

Therapeutic Horseback Riding is a physical, occupational and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. Therapeutic riding can be beneficial to many people with special needs. The most obvious and often the most immediately recognisable benefit is physical, because riding is a very physical activity. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and motor planning. Equine movements offer well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels. The effects of equine movement on postural control, sensory systems, and motor planning can be used to facilitate coordination and timing, grading of responses, respiratory control, sensory integration skills and attentional skills. Equine movement can be used to facilitate the neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.20150109_15121620150109_150106

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