Horseback riding is one of the sports or hobbies with the most therapy benefits to disabled people. Horse riding is one of the best ways to provide disabled people with freedom of movement. For the short while on horseback they had complete control over where they are going, how fast they go and riding is an ultimate pleasure. Therapy riding also has a lot of physical benefits, psychological benefits, social benefits and educational benefits to anyone that enjoys this activity.
Physical benefits of therapy riding
Horse riding involves a lot more exercise than you might think. Your body is constantly working to maintain good balance and the rhythmical movement of horses simulates walking which is excellent for those with mobility problems. Therapeutic riding includes a lot of physical benefits such as muscle strengthening, coordination improvement, stretching, spasticity exercises, improved circulation, sensory integration and even improved appetite and digestion. The therapy riding is excellent for overall physical health improvement.
Psychological benefits of therapy riding
Of course therapy riding also has a lot of psychological benefits to physically challenged individuals such as a boost in self-confidence, stimulated interest and engagement, higher risk taking abilities, self-discipline, emotional control and much more. It is also great fun to ride a horse and it is the one physical activity that just about anyone with mobility problems can easily enjoy.
Social benefits of therapy riding
Therapy sessions can be enjoyed individually or in a group. Group sessions is often much better for creating new friendships, for new experiences and for more enjoyment but individual sessions still has terrific social benefits because the rider learns to interact with the instructor, learns to be more aware of animal needs and the entire riding experience is terrific for boosting adventure interest.
Educational benefits of therapy riding
Therapy riding is extremely educational. Riders learn a lot about animals; animal care and they also improve hand and eye coordination, visual perception and develop motor planning skills as well as math counting skills because most therapy instructors put a lot of focus on counting steps, objects and more during the rides so riders can get the maximum therapy benefit from each and every session.
The ultimate must have for anyone with mobility problems
Horseback riding is often considered as freedom to those that find it hard to move around on their own but these sessions are often short lived. A good quality electric wheelchair is an absolute must for anyone with mobility issues because these terrific disability devices mean freedom even off the horse. Electric wheelchairs make it possible for disabled people to move around freely on their own through a remote control. This is especially handy to those that find it difficult to operate a normal manual wheelchair although plenty of paraplegics benefit a lot from electric wheelchairs because they can move around more freely without constantly feeling strained and these wheelchairs are excellent for taking on long distances without getting too tired.