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Therapeutic Horseback Riding A Different and Exciting Type of Therapy


More important than all the medicine in the world, Nature knows what is best for us

Georges Courteline


Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic horseback riding isnt a new idea. As far back as 1777, the German physician William Tyson published a research paper in which he stated that horseback riding helps to improve respiration difficulties. During both World Wars, horseback riding was used by hospitals in Europe as a tool in the rehabilitation of injured troops. In the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Liz Hartley won the silver medal in Dressage and proved to the world that a polio victim, paralyzed in both legs, could indeed ride. Her success transformed horseback riding from an occupation that was, until that time, basically used for work or sport for the healthy, to a therapy that could help large sections of the population.

Recently, this therapy has enjoyed considerable popularity and has even been included in the programs available to health insurance plan members.

The horse is an enthralling therapeutic tool: you can look after him, ride him, test his reactions, train him and even learn from him yourself. The social bonds formed between this large, noble animal and the patient open the door to that patients own internal world, providing a new approach to dealing with problems in many areas.

Therapeutic horseback riding is also used as a therapy together with teachers and physiotherapists, focusing on loss of sensation and heals the patient. This therapy includes emotional, physical and social aspects and has proved itself a reliable and efficient tool for solving a wide range of problems. For instance, using therapeutic horseback riding, we can teach the rider to become acquainted with his own capabilities, to face challenges and, most important, to believe in himself.

The Advantages of the Method You Dont Change a Winning Horse

The therapeutic riding technique is suitable for all ages and well known for its advantages, for example:

  • Improves posture, balance and coordination

  • Improves gross and fine motor skills, positioning and return to the center line

  • Strengthens the shoulder girdle

  • Strengthens self-confidence and self-awareness

  • Improves communication skills and social interaction

  • Strengthens and develops physical capabilities

  • Improves cognitive ability

  • Improves independence and emotional stability

  • Assists in treatment of attention and concentration disorders

  • In addition to all of this, the therapy can also help the physically, mentally and cognitively challenged such as: sufferers from MND, those affected by cerebral palsy, the blind and the deaf, post-stroke patients, the mentally ill, those with learning disorders.

Apart from these advantages, I also focus my work on the emotional aspects, learning about the horse and his body language, so, as part of the training process, you also learn to take care of the horse.

 


Amit Amodaei  Kibbutz Magal    Tel: 077-7099559   Cell: 054-2034130  
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