Other Riding Benefits

Riding develops abilities

Horse riding as beneficial therapy was first recognised 3,000 years ago. It is is also fun. Therefore horse riding is a good way for people with disabilities to receive positive therapy at the same time as participating in an enjoyable recreational activity.

Recognised benefits include:

  • Improved balance and posture
  • Promotion of body awareness
  • promotes decision making and thinking ahead
  • develops gross and fine motor skills
  • motivation and learning, encourages reading and speech through games
  • develops hand-eye co-ordination
  • sequencing of actions can be taught
  • sensory stimulation through activity and surroundings
  • clinical exercises executed in different and pleasant surroundings
  • overcoming phobias such as water, heights and animals
  • horse riding is a natural Reflex Inhibiting Position
  • builds self-confidence and self-esteem, and facilitates social integration
  • memory improvement and concentration
  • new mobility and access to new areas
  • language and communication skills develop
  • learning the value of Rules, e.g. safety and discipline
  • setting personal challenges leading to achievement
  • learning a skill that many able bodied do not have
  • contact with animals and learning about their need for welfare
  • participation with their peers
  • opportunity for competition
  • gives the right to take controlled risk
  • promotes general feeling of well-being

“In a wheelchair people look down on me. On a horse I look down on them.”