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Equine Therapy


Equine Therapy involves interaction with horses such as horseback riding. It is an alternative kind of therapy intended to help individuals to recognise negative patterns of behaviour. Much emphasis is placed on the bond between the participant and animal as well as the communicative aspects of the activity.

History

Equine Therapy can be traced back to 19th Century physician Cassaign. He encouraged horse-riding for his patients suffering from mental and physical problems such as immobility and neurological disorders. The method also owes much to polio sufferer Lisa Hartel who in the 1940s, overcame her affliction through horse riding and went on to win silver medals at two separate Olympic games.It has only recently become an established method of therapy.

Approach

Equine/Horse Riding Therapy is experiential in its approach, which means that individuals are encouraged to learn through authentic experiences. Horse Riding Therapy is similar to Animal Assisted therapy and shares similar concepts. Both practices provide people with opportunities to meet others through shared interests and encourages its participants to learn nurturing skills and responsibility.

How can it help?

Equine therapy, also known as Equine Human Relaxation Therapy is useful for many people. Because it encourages physical and social development, it is widely used for children and young people. However, the physicality of Equine Therapy is also of benefit for those suffering from problems such as disability. Moreover, the sensory and cognitive elements found in Horse-riding therapy are helpful for treating people with Down Syndrome, learning problems and retardation.



Equine Human Relaxation Therapy; resources

Elizabeth Svendsen Trust

Federation Of Riding For The Disabled

 
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