Therapeutic riding

Therapeutic riding is recreational horsemanship for people with limitations. It uses the interaction of rider and horse to help the rider surpass these limitations: physical limitations of strength, balance, and coordination, cognitive limitations of attention, following directions, and problem-solving, and social limitations addressed through structured interaction with the volunteers, other riders, and the horses themselves.

Therapeutic riding is more than just a pony ride: students learn the basic skills of riding, and can progress as far as their abilities and motivation allow, in some cases even to independent riding (no leader or side walkers) and training in a specific discipline such as dressage.

For more information on the benefits of therapeutic riding visit PATH International.