Riding horses is a physical activity that can offer many therapeutic benefits. Sitting astride a moving horse stimulates the cardiovascular system, strengthens muscles, increases balance, coordination, and body awareness. Because it is a sport that utilizes the companionship of an animal, horseback riding also offers a calming psychological and social effect which, in addition to the immense physical benefits, provides our riders with a sense of well-being.
Unique to other forms of exercise, the horses’ three dimensional swinging gait moves the rider’s body in ways very similar to those produced by the normal human walk. The rhythmic movement and the warmth generated from the horse’s body soothes and relaxes tight or painful muscles, joints, and tendons and can also build strength and flexibility.
Therapeutic Riding has a long history of helping people to maximize their physical and cognitive abilities, and as the industry has evolved, we have learned that the educational and social benefits are equally as beneficial. Often times people with disabilities are isolated and don’t have the opportunity to interact with peers and develop new friendships. Cornerstone has created a well-rounded program that provides a safe haven for our students to enjoy enriching social interactions that enhance the overall therapeutic experience.
Often times traditional forms of therapy can be painful and stressful. As a result, many people are turning to horses and seeking out therapeutic riding centers. Therapeutic Riding offers a wide array of benefits and has become widely accepted by medical doctors, along with physical and occupational therapists, as a viable and highly successful form of therapy.