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Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Promotes Emotional and Social Growth December 15, 2008

Filed under: Community Events — Kerri Kirshner @ 2:46 pm
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The Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Offers Physical and Cognitive Benefits for children and people with disabilities

Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Horsemanship is located at Half-Trak Farm in Stanwood, just 5 minutes east of I-5.

Address:
703 – 316th Street Northeast
Stanwood, Washington  98292

Mailing Address:
26910 92nd Ave NW Ste C-5 PMB 233
Stanwood, WA 98292

Phone:
360-722-2170

Fax:
866-775-7094

Horseback riding is an intrinsically beneficial activity. The three dimensional swinging motion of the horse’s gait is a living therapy tool, moving the rider up/down, forward/backward, side-to-side – all helping to wake up, challenge and stimulate muscle and brain activity.

Therapeutic equestrian activities improve and positively promote posture, balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, self-awareness, confidence, concentration and independence, at the same time stimulating muscle, brain and social activity in people who are challenged with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

The physical benefits of horseback riding include:
Improved posture and balance
Greater muscle tone and strength
Increased range of motion
Better hand-eye coordination
Improved joint mobility

Beyond this, the cognitive benefits include helping participants to advance in:

Learned skills
Tactile awareness that stimulates all five senses
Improved directional application
Greater task sequencing skills
Riders also experience emotional and social benefits from their therapeutic equestrian activities, read more below.

The Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Promotes Emotional and Social Growth

Horseback riding does more than stimulate the senses and develop the body. The natural therapeutic experience and sense of achievement fostered by equestrian activities contributes to the emotional and social growth of the rider. While improving and positively promoting posture, balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, self-awareness, confidence, concentration and independence, therapeutic equestrian activities stimulate muscle, brain and social activity in people who are challenged with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.
The emotional benefits to the riders include:

Independence and increased self-esteem
Greater self-control
Greater self-awareness and self-confidence
Riders also reap social benefits, including:

Making new friends, both human and animal
Improving social interaction and cooperation
Improving attention spans and listerning skills
Whether emotionally and socially or physically and cognitively, horseback riders grow with the natural therapy of a horse’s gait.

 

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