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Hopes, Dreams and Horses

A NON-PROFIT EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY CENTER

JUPITER, FLORIDA

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

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
  patterns.

  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
  directions.

• 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