You don’t 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 enhances physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who have disabilities. By focusing on a team approach, riding instructors provide treatment for individuals. Participants learn valuable therapeutic riding skills and often develop strong emotional bonds with the horses.