HART’s equine assisted therapy programs have proven to be a successful strategy with positive outcomes for people with special needs and the sessions are facilitated with the ultimate goal of achieving functional outcomes. Our equine assisted therapy is appropriate to well over 80 different diagnosis, most of which fall into the following categories –
Behavioral/Emotional – Equine Assisted therapy builds healthier interactions using the horse as the ‘bridge’ to promote resiliency in relationships, to build confidence and to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Healthy equine relationship components include responsibility, give and take, respect, trust, action, movement and communication. Horses help to build self-esteem and self-confidence, and they inspire people to pursue their goals and aspirations. Experienced personnel and the therapy horses help build social skills, which helps people of all ages improve their relationships with family, peers, and their community.
Physical/Developmental/Cognitive – The gait of the horse is similar to the human gait and thus can facilitate corresponding movement patterns in the human pelvis. Horses move in 3 planes of movement making the rider re-calibrate where they are in space. The horse’s additional sensory input is variable, rhythmical, and repetitive. This dynamic movement encourages children in a fearless approach to new activities, while creating lasting and noticeable change in the lives of those who participate.
The building of self-esteem is realized through incremental riding accomplishments coupled with the responsibility of grooming and caring for their horse.
Participants can enjoy a number of physical and neurological benefits due to the rhythmic, repetitive motion of the horse’s gait. In addition, class participation can increase trunk strength and balance, improve sensory integration, and expand mobility and flexibility.
The power and majesty of the therapy horse allow participants to feel free of everyday challenges, and benefit from the social contact with their peers on an equal basis.
- Stretches and strengthens
- Rider’s body moves through the horses mobility
- For a person who uses a wheelchair for mobility the horse offers a new vantage point
- The 3-dimensional movement engaging muscles
- Horses have the capacity to show empathy, actuating movement
- Gives children the spirit not only to survive, but to thrive
- Future of hope
- A willing spirit between horse and rider