Horse Assisted Therapy
Why with Horses?
The horse, the only therapy animal on which the patient can ride, offers us three therapeutic principles at the motor level: the transmission of body heat (facilitates muscle relaxation and sensory stimulation), the transmission of rhythmic impulses (depending on the cadence and the amplitude of the step, different stimuli will be transmitted which allows us to regulate muscle tone facilitating relaxation or activation) and the transmission of a three-dimensional locomotion pattern equal to that of human gait (the patient “walks sitting” and this pattern physiological over time is automated)
The link that is established between the therapist, the horse and the user favors motivation, which means that any type of goal we pursue is achieved with little effort. Only from motivation are new learning generated.
On the other hand, the horse is a very receptive and sensitive animal to people’s reactions and they have a great capacity to interpret non-verbal language, which makes it a very powerful resource to work on the regulation of emotions and behaviors. disruptive.
In addition, if there is something different from horse therapy, it is that it is carried out in a relaxed environment, surrounded by nature and in the open air, which generates multiple stimuli and makes the patient perform the therapy without being aware of it.
All therapy horses must meet special characteristics of conformation, movement, height, age and temperament. The correct choice of the horse is essential for the success of the therapy.
Therapy Horse Wellness
Horses are, after all, the protagonists of therapy. They deserve the utmost care from us and that is why at Equestrian Clydesdale Horse Association we are very aware of their health, both physical and mental.
Equestrian Clydesdale Horse Association animal welfare protocol
- Power. Appropriate to the work done and age.
- Space. Life in freedom in a herd respecting his herd instinct.
- Vet. Deworming and vaccinations up to date.
- Farrier. Every month and a half for review, trimming of hooves, and shoeing (some of our horses are barefoot and others wear horseshoes)
- Dentist. At least once a year and performed by a specialized veterinarian.
- Rehabilitation. Once a year assessment of the horse’s condition and physiotherapy treatment carried out by a specialized veterinarian.
- Training. Based on physical training and specific training for therapy.
- Work. Appropriate to your abilities, with rest times between sessions and days off.
- Supported weight. Maximum weight of 80-90kg depending on its capacities.