Therapeutic riding is horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. It offers physical benefits such as muscle strengthening, increased flexibility, development of balance, improved coordination, increased breathing and circulation, boosted self-confidence, improved self-esteem and increased fine motor skills.
The horse provides the rider with a feeling of freedom and independence that may be limited in their everyday life. As a result, these skills can assist in improving the quality of life of our riders. Obtaining job skills creates a pathway for professional development, an area that many disabled and disconnected individuals struggle to overcome. Through improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence, riders often find progression in their ability to communicate with others, ultimately resulting in the furtherance of relationships, both professional and personal.