Therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities is recognized world-wide as an exciting, unique activity with significant benefits in the areas of therapy, rehabilitation, recreation, and sport. The benefits cover a wide variety of disabilities, including orthopedic and neurological conditions, specific syndromes, as well as cognitive, developmental delay, and autism spectrum disorder conditions.
The swinging, repetitive motion of the horse imparted to the rider helps improve balance, coordination, strength, and muscle tone, while gently mobilizing the joints. Therapeutic riding also improves sensory processing, focus, concentration, the ability to learn concepts, and communication skills. It is an activity that provides healthful fun and fellowship.