WHAT IS EQUINOTHERAPY?

Equine Therapy, also known as equine assistance therapy and riding lessons the disabled, is the use of horse and equine-oriented activities to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals, including, physical, emotional, mental, social, educational and behavioral problems.

Benefits of Equine Therapy
The physical benefits of walking equinotherapy are derived from the horse, resembles the natural human gait. There is no machine or equipment that could simulate all these natural movements in oneself. Most Riders develop muscle tone, better flexibility and range of motion. The rider should improve its position to be in balance with the horse, the equilibrium reactions are stimulated which helps the balance, orientation and alert in the body.

Additional benefits for riders as they participate in classes equinotherapy are enhanced cognitive and sequential thinking, solving problems, increased confidence and self-confidence, exposure to mentors and positive role models, and movements aimed at achieving individual goals proposed by therapists or schools.

The equinotherapy also promotes socialization, trainers, therapists, volunteers, parents and riders gather in coexistence. Usually the interaction social is more important than riding lessons. Friendships are formed, behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable behavior are encouraged discarded. A human-animal relationship develops between riders and their horses therapy, as riders discover that the horses are calm, friendly, they accept and do not see disabilities.