What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic horse riding is a multi area intervention therapy which is used for children and adults with a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities. Therapeutic Riding has been recognised for decades to improve physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioural and educational skills as well as being a healthy and fun activity.
The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, reducing spasms and improving balance, mobility, posture and co-ordination, strengthening muscles throughout a rider’s body, increases circulation and promotes better overall health. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait so those with mobility problems discover a new freedom in movement. Motor functions are improved by this unique and enjoyable therapy.
Horseback riding increases concentration and improves learning skills. Riders are gently challenged and are rewarded with a sense of achievement and experience a general feeling of well-being, better self-esteem and self-confidence.
For those with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with their horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem, as well as emotional well-being and relaxation. The sense of independence found on horseback benefits all our clients.
Structured riding sessions are done under the supervision of our Therapeutic Riding coaches, with the assistance of trained leaders and Horses. Our head Therapeutic Riding coach is a qualified Occupational Therapist as well as being specially qualified in Therapeutic Horse Riding.
Therapeutic Riding Lessons in Festina Lente are designed to encourage participation and the development of individual abilities, with specific goals designed for each Rider and our coaches can provide reports for their clients and their doctors.
Who can benefit from Therapeutic Riding?
Everyone but some of the many Diagnoses that can benefit from Therapeutic Riding include but are not limited to:
♦ Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/ Attention Deficit Disorder
♦ Auditory Impairment
♦ Autism Spectrum Disorders
♦ Brain Injuries
♦ Cerebral Palsy
♦ Cognitive Disabilities
♦ Developmental Delay
♦ Down Syndrome
♦ Fine and Gross Motor Skill Delays
♦ Language Disabilities
♦ Learning Disabilities
♦ Multiple Sclerosis
♦ Neurological, Psychological, Physical, and/or Mental Disorders
♦ Reactive Attachment Disorder
♦ Sensory Integration
♦ Spina Bifida
♦ Spinal Cord Injury
♦ Terminal Illness
♦ Vestibular Disorders
♦ Visual Impairment
♦ Weight Control
How does Therapeutic Riding benefit a person?
Our Therapeutic Riding Programme is used to develop, increase and improve:
Muscle tone, balance, coordination, muscle strength, flexibility, fitness, posture, gait (ability to walk), respiration, circulation, metabolism, sensory perception and integration, independence: self-care and mobility.
Concentration, problem solving and decision making, insight, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, learning/practising concepts e.g. letters, numbers, colours, distances, shapes etc.
Communication and social skills, learning appropriate behaviour and manners, interaction with peers: individuals and groups, human/animal contact and bonding, building relationships, consideration for others and taking on responsibility.
For further information or to make a booking please contact our Equestrian Centre.
Tel: (01)2720704 ext 201