A person enrolled in the Equine Assisted Activities program will have a trained professional riding instructor. Beyond learning how to ride a horse, a person with disabilities can also learn the importance of taking charge, taking responsibility, speaking and educational skills as well as take part in competitions which focus on equine disciplines. A person who forms a bond with his horse may also understand the importance of trust and loyalty in a relationship and extend these values to his own personal relationships.
Communication is an important factor in caring for a horse. The instructor can teach a person to do so empowering them in a less terrifying social situation. Allowing them to make adjustments to their fears and events beyond their control and function in real life environments.
“Hippotherapy is the use of the movement of the horse as a strategy by Physical therapists, occupational Therapists, and Speech/Language Pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. This strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes” (Julie Chadwick, 2009).
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