What Is Equine Therapy And Is It For You?

by Simona Terron
We love watching horses, with their powerful bodies that symbolize grace and strength, and their wise, calm eyes. Horses have long served as emblems of peace and freedom across cultures and it is little wonder that they inspire in us a sense of well-being and positivity. Folks have now begun to turn to horses for healing in a more structured manner with a treatment called Equine Therapy.

What Equine Therapy Does: For people with various ailments, disabilities and special needs equine therapy centers offer a unique form of healing. The horses at these centers are hand-picked and specially trained to interact with people with special needs, whether they be emotional or physical. A trainer or therapist is always present to facilitate the entire session and ensure that communication between horse and human goes smoothly.

Riding lessons can help people with conditions as varied as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, depressive disorders, visual and hearing impairments, anxiety panic disorders, and even eating disorders.

How & Where To Try It: Organizations like the Equine Tranquility Wellness Center, conduct lessons with a certified instructor, a horse handler, and one or two side walkers to help support the rider.  In addition to offering therapy for humans, these sorts of organizations are also often involved in rehabilitating and caring for horses with special needs as well. The Equine Tranquility Wellness Center is a non-profit corporation, which strives to improve the lives and welfare of horses, all of whom are rescues or donations.

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