HORSES AS HEALERS

THERAPY THROUGH HORSE RIDING AND ACTIVITIES

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In today’s world, children with cerebral palsy often benefit from several traditional treatments and therapies designed to greatly enhance his or her abilities, and by extension, his or her quality of life. Some therapies – such as physical therapy – are commonly deployed for those with mobility and function impairment. But others, like equine therapy – also known as hippotherapy – take an unconventional path in the effort to increase a child’s physical strength and cognitive capabilities.

Based on the concept that humans with physical challenges can benefit from both learned and spontaneous reactions while riding a horse, hippotherapy was conceived in the 1960s and used primarily in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as a companion to more established treatments. Hippotherapy was recognized in the United States in the 1980s as a therapy that not only helps patients with neuromuscular dysfunction increase physical strength and cognitive ability, but also offers the individual a chance to take advantage of an enjoyable activity that contributes to a positive therapeutic experience.

Hippotherapy is built on the concept that the individual and variable gait, tempo, rhythm, repetition and cadence of a horse’s movement can influence human neuromuscular development in humans.

With a wide variety of diagnoses that this is beneficial to, recent studies have determined that Hippotherapy is appropriate for specific diagnoses including:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Closed Head Injury

  • Developmental Delay

  • Down Syndrome

  • Emotional Disorders

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Muscular Dystroph

  • Paralysis

  • Scoliosis

  • Spinal Bifida

  • Cognitive disabilities after Traumatic Brain Injury

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