Animal-assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapy

Animal-assisted therapy involves animals with specific characteristics becoming a fundamental part of a person’s treatment. Programs are designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive function of an individual. This includes equine-assisted therapy which utilizes the benefits of therapeutic equestrian activities to positively influence the lives of individuals with disabilities.

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Riding can improve muscle tone, balance, coordination, and motor development. Even the challenge of partnering with a horse carries the benefits of an emotional bond that develops between horse and rider promoting long lasting trust, unconditional love, self-esteem, and responsibility. Many individuals carry their disabilities with them for a lifetime, but working with horses can provide motivation, physical therapy, emotional comfort, companionship, and confidence thereby helping to ease the trials of living with disabilities.

Animal-assisted facilities are very popular and aren’t hard to find. Below is a website that can help you locate an equine facilitated therapy center nearby: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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