Therapeutic Horse Back Riding (Hippotherapy) is the use of horses and Equine Assisted Activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioural and educational skills to people with disabilities (Wikipedia).
The use of horses as healers are documented as far back as Fifth Century B.C., when Hippotherapy was used by the Greek to help their wounded soldiers to rehabilitate.
In Europe around the 1950’s, this form of therapy was used to aid patients suffering from scoliosis (curved spine).
However it was Liz Hartel from Denmark, who was paralyzed from the waist down after contracting Polio, which put the Therapeutic Riding techniques firmly on the map after winning a Silver Medal in Dressage at the 1952 Olympic Games.
From there organisations like the Riding for the Disabled, PATH (in America) or DKthR (in Germany) were formed and Equine Assisted Therapy promoted.
The Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy are endless and are thankfully well documented and backed up by professional international studies.
Equine Assisted Therapy enhances Social Skills, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Balance, Coordination and Sensory Integration. Recent studies pay extreme attention to the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy to anybody that has been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).
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