One does not have to ride to achieve the desired effects of equine assisted therapy. Horses can act as an aid by giving those with disabilities a companion to care for. Grooming such as brushing, bathing, and currying aid in joint range of motion and have a relaxing and calming effect.
Riding horses in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who have disabilities is very empowering. By focussing on a team approach in order to provide treatment for the individual with the guidance of riding instructor participants learn valuable therapeutic riding skills and often develop strong relationship between horse and rider that creates a strong emotional bond.