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Horse Therapy

Horses are inclusive and without prejudice treating all people equally.

Horse Therapy is mounted or un-mounted sessions for individuals with disabilities with the aim of teaching skills and using the natural therapeutic benefits of the horse to achieve a person's life goals and contribute positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being.

Horse Therapy can cover all aspects of Horsemanship, including Grooming, Stable Management, Horse Care and Knowledge of the Tack.

Research has shown that young people with a disability can experience positive changes including their capacity for communication, confidence, awareness and decision making as well as an enjoyment of this activity.

Horse Therapy sessions can include Numeracy and Literacy, we can also involve teachers, T.As, physiotherapists, SALT, to develop individualised learning programmes specific to pupils needs.

The impact of the movement of the horse and the structure and routine of the horse and its environment are used to add to the lives of young people normally otherwise separated from their peers by their complex disabilities.
Sessions use naturally occurring learning opportunities around the horse to bring out the best potential in people.
When the horse and its environment is at the heart of teaching and learning, many services and professions can work together for the holistic benefit of individuals.
The horse is used to develop the abilities and skills of each young person.

The key therapeutic factor for riders with a disability is the movement of the horse. Riding provides physiotherapy on the move; the warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the body of the rider helping them to relax, and strengthen their core muscles enabling them to become stronger and more supple.  Many riders also find that riding helps improve their posture, balance and coordination.

Participation in Horse Therapy enables a person to

  • Learn new skills
  • Be actively involved
  • Improve general fitness
  • Gain a sense of achievement
  • Promote independence
  • Encourage communication
  • Build confidence
  • Develop decision making skills
  • Reach therapeutic goals
  • Develop life skills
  • Experience the outdoors
  • Connect with animals