What is Therapeutic Riding?

How does therapeutic Riding Help?

Therapeutic riding helps because it gives the rider a bond with the horse and helps the rider take control of situations they can control as well as let go of situations they cannot control. These lessons flow into their everyday life and enable them to improve social, mental, and motor skills.  The use of therapeutic riding gives a person with a disability the ability to feel the natural movements of a horse’s gait, which is similar to that of humans, and can improve flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

Who can benefit from Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic riding can benefit riders in different development stages. It can help riders that have attention problems, problems handling self-control, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Therapeutic riding can also benefit riders with physical disabilities, by improving balance, movement, and strength. Refuge Services provides therapeutic riding to clients ages 2 and above.

The types of disabilities and conditions served include:

  • Amputations
  • Austism
  • Brain Injuries
  • Cerebal Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cardiovascular Accident
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Post Polio
  • Speech Impairments
  • Stroke
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Visual Impairments