Hopes, Dreams and Horses

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Physical & Educational Benefits

Physically and cognitively, it is the horse’s three-dimensional stride,  which emulate a human's gait. This in turn stimulates the rider physically and cognitively toward reaching their therapeutic goals, making it a provenly effective therapy tool.



        Improved balance & gait


•        Improved coordination, motor planning and reflexes


•        Enhanced gross and fine motor control


•        Improved Speech and Language through core strengthening


       Sensory integration surrounded by environmental stimuli relaxes                                              

         their responses


       Increased range of motion of the joints


      Stretching of tight or spastic muscles throughout the legs, back  

         and arms.


       Decreased spasticity is reduced through the warmth and rhythmic

        motion of the horse. This in turn reduces abnormal movement



      Improved posture


       Development of muscles and symmetry


•       Improved respiration and circulation






While on or off the horse, participants must pay attention, follow directions and work through many tasks. These educational benefits are improved through the enjoyment of interacting with one's horse.




•       Increased attention span and concentration



•       Improved processing, retaining, and following through with




•       Development of positive coping strategies



•       Advanced motor planning, sequencing and patterns



•       Improved eye-hand coordination



•       Improved cognitive reasoning and speech processes



•       Increased language skills



•       Enhanced memory



•       Enhanced visual spatial perception





A horse’s genuine demeanor and the ability to reflect feelings is a powerful tool for individuals who are in need of emotional, physical and mental healing