Benefits to Using Horses for Therapy

October 11, 2016 by Linda


Horses are a great choice for therapy because they are very responsive animals. They are intelligent creatures that can measure the emotions of their rider and can respond quickly to a rider’s action or behavior. They are typically gentle and look to their rider for guidance which makes them easy to work with. Because of this, people with cognitive, psycho-motor, and behavioral disabilities can benefit from equine or equestrian therapy. Some of the following disabilities and disorders that can benefit from equine therapy are as follows:

  • ADD
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Delayed Mental Development
  • Down Syndrome and Other Genetic Syndromes
  • Depression
  • Trauma and Brain Injuries
  • Behavior and Abuse Issues
  • Mental Health Disorders

Horses can be great for anyone, no matter what disorder or disability they may have, as long as the person feels comfortable and is kept safe.

Equine therapy does not have to mean riding a horse as well. It can be anything from grooming the horse, caring for the horse, saddling the horse, feeding the horse, and leading it to walk around. Trained equine therapists will usually guide and supervise while also engaging in conversation with the patient. The relaxed environment that a horse promotes offers a safe place for a patient to examine themselves and to learn more about their bodies and minds.

For more information on equine therapy, please give us a call at either 320.243.725 or 800.328.8894. Our professional staff is more than happy to help you find the resources you need. We also provide high quality horse insurance for those in the equine therapy business. Browse our horse insurance plans today!

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