Once you get to know a horse, you feel naturally comfortable. The same is true of a loyal dog or a kind cat. Really, any gentle creature can become an important friend. That’s one of the most powerful components of equine therapy: Our horses provide a bond that is completely unspoken. But the benefits of hippotherapy don’t stop there. Let’s delve into a few more reasons why horses naturally bring the best out of us.
Unlike some humans, horses don’t pass judgement. They are open and accepting to all. A horse won’t be critical. A horse won’t reject you. A horse doesn’t have sour words. Horses form natural, devoted relationships with humans, without asking for much in return (some petting and a carrot can go a long way). For those with trust issues and emotional instability, a horse can be a welcome sight.
Sure horses are warm-blooded, but they also actively display warmth and affection. Whether it’s a kind whinny, a hand on a nose, a welcome look, or a gentle stroll together, horses constantly offer care and tenderness to those that surround them. It’s a horse’s warmth that provides a feeling of comfort for our patients.
Animals can sense human emotion, and they are sympathetic when we’re down. Think about a favorite dog—they sense when you’re sad, and they’ll show their compassion with a nuzzle to your hand or a whimper. Horses are just the same. They can sense pain or sadness, and they will do their best to be supportive and uplifting.
Mental & Physical Benefits
Due to their warmth, sympathy, and lack of judgement, horses are excellent assistants in treating mental and physical disorders. As Psychology Today points out, equine therapy can be an effective form of treatment for those with “Attention Deﬁcit Disorder, anger management, conﬂict resolution, relationship problems, couples therapy, depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse, eating disorders, at-risk youth, victims of abuse, those in bereavement, those lacking self-esteem, veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, people who are unresponsive to traditional therapies, and people with other mental health challenges.”
Hippotherapy can also be useful for those overcoming physical maladies. Here at My Heroes Therapy, we also provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy in addition to our emotional, and psychological therapies. We treat those with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism-spectrum patients, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, post stroke, and TBI, among others. Through a horseback riding, patients learn balance, and they’re senses are engaged and stimulated. Mounted riding, grooming, tacking and other hands-on activities are all aimed to improve the wellbeing of our patients.
Get Started Today
Find out the power of equine therapy yourself. Join us here at My Heroes, your dedicated equine therapy provider. Learn more about My Heroes, and view information about our Denver, Fort Collins, and Atlanta hippotherapy centers. If you’re ready to get started, don’t hesitate to give us a call or write us a line. Join us here at My Heroes, and meet our kind, caring, compassionate horses!