Rag Tree Equine Assisted Learning

Therapeutic Horse Riding

Therapeutic horse riding is an intervention which is used for a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental conditions.

Horses provide sensory input through movement which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The three dimensional movement of the horse’s hips, pelvis and shoulders at walk facilitating a movement response from the rider, under the instruction of the coach.

A horses walk mirrors the walk of a person, hence providing transfer movement patterns to the rider’s lower spine and pelvic regions.

The rider makes subtle adjustments in order to maintain balance and stability. These subtle adjustments are the base of therapeutic horse riding. 

Therapeutic horse riding helps build body strength, control, balance and relaxation.