Therapeutic Benefits

Flying Changes Center
for Therapeutic Riding

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Physical and emotional connections with the horse heal body, mind and spirit.

Physical Benefits:

  • Improved coordination and normalized muscle tone
  • Relaxation of spastic muscles/facilitation of flaccid muscles
  • Improved posture, sitting and standing balance
  • Improved gross and fine motor skills
  • Increased functional range of motion and muscular strength
  • Improved perceptual motor/sensory motor integration
  • Improved cardiovascular function and stamina

Cognitive Benefits:

  • Increased vocabulary – application and recall
  • Improved attention and concentration
  • Improved sequencing and planning skills
  • Improved judgment and critical thinking skills
  • Improved flexibility in thinking
  • Increased verbal integration adn participation
  • Increased visual and auditory discrimination

Psycho-Social Benefits:

  • Increased self-confidence, self-esteem and self-control
  • Mastery of a difficult task
  • Increased understanding of consequences/cause and effect
  • Increased desire of responsibility
  • Improved positive social interactions and teamwork
  • Increased ability to appropriately solicit help and act independently
  • Increased desire to take risks
  • Increased empathy and sense of empowerment
  • Interaction with positive role models
  • Experience of success in a supportive environment