Benefits of Equine-Assisted Activities:
As documented by NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc.) over the past 25 years, program participants have experienced:
- Improved muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development and emotional well-being.
- Increased eye-hand coordination.
- Positive effects on centrifugal force challenging the abdominal and lower back muscles.
- Improved development of cognitive skills such as sequencing, spatial awareness, environmental awareness, directional awareness and motor planning.
- Enhanced communication skills.
- A sense of normalcy and control.
- Improved self-discipline, self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
- Pride in learning (and, in some cases, competing) in an activity that promotes their special needs.
- Enhanced freedom, motivation, and independence.