Benefits of Horse Therapy

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From a short-term physical point of view

  • ·       Regulate muscle tone
  • ·       Improve balance
  • ·       Improve coordination
  • ·       Dissociate the pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle
  • ·       Stimulate gross and fine motor skills
  • ·       Stabilize the trunk and head
  • ·       Promote postural control
  • ·       Encourage postural symmetry

From a long-term physical point of view

  • ·       Automate the locomotion pattern
  • ·       Stimulate and re-educate motor patterns
  • ·       Control voluntary gesture and movements
  • ·       Dissociate the pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle
  • ·       Increase motor planning capacity (anticipate cause-effect)
  • ·       Encourage support, balance and straightening reactions
  • ·       Improve mobility and strength
  • ·       Increase resistance to fatigue
  • ·       Integrate movements into a functional activity

From a sensory point of view

  • ·       Transmit information: exteroceptive (tactile, olfactory, auditory and visual stimuli) and proprioceptive (mediated by horse movement)
  • ·       Improve the perception of one’s own body scheme (laterality, knowledge of movements, integration of the gesture)
  • ·       Encourage sensory integration

From a cognitive and emotional point of view

  • ·       Promote self-esteem
  • ·       Promote autonomy
  • ·       Build self-confidence
  • ·       Encourage self-control
  • ·       Encourage choice
  • ·       Encourage concentration
  • ·       Increase service times
  • ·       Increase relaxation
  • ·       Promote spatial and temporal orientation
  • ·       Improve behavioral disturbances
  • ·       Help the person cope with their disability
  • ·       Work on cognitive learning: Gestural and oral communication. Vocabulary. Memory. Learning sequences. Concept work during the sessions (shapes, colors, signs, etc). Concepts related to the horse.

From a medical and functional point of view

  • ·       Stimulate peristalsis
  • ·       Stimulate the circulatory system
  • ·       Stimulate the respiratory system

From the point of view of communication, integration and socialization

  • ·       Facilitate the ability to relate and communicate with other people: professionals, volunteers, colleagues who do not belong to their usual environment
  • ·       Facilitate openness and communication initiative
  • ·       Develop respect for animals
  • ·       Increase the number of experiences
  • ·       Discover new environments
  • ·       Breaking the routine of daily life