About the Horse Worx family
Eugenie Bands started Horse Worx as small afternoon therapeutic horse riding centre in 2003 and she has gone from strength to strength and has evolved her passion in a business helping children through the aid of a horse.
She went further with her passion to help children with their development with help her four legged assistants. Horses and her love for theses gracious animals have enabled and envisioned her to develop a successful business model helping children with and giving them a development advantage. The model has been based firstly on a mobile equine therapy model and secondly on after hours intensive therapeutic models. This model can also be complimented by various other horse activities. Currently there is five owner operated Horse Worx branches operating throughout South Africa with many more opportunities for those who love children and animals and their well being while helping children with early development.
All our owners are passionate about helping children and their early learning development. We have reliable team of well trained therapist that can assist children with therapeutic horse riding.
Why does Equitherapy or Equine assisted therapy work so successful
Many years ago, Jane Ayres’ research shown, that most learning disabilities are there due to sensory integration problems. What is sensory integration?
Sensory integration is the organization of senses in the brain. Our senses give us the information in connection with the physical condition of our bodies and our surroundings. The way a child experience his/her body and surroundings is of utmost importance for optimal learning.
The basic information from our senses, which are processed in the lower part of the brain stem is descended from the vestibular system, tactile system and the proprioceptor. Sensation flows to the brain as water in a stream. The brain should organize all these sensations so that a person can move, learn and behave normal.
The brain localizes, sorts and arranges sensations. When senses flow in an organized manner, the brain can use these sensations to form perceptions through which behavior and learning processes can take place.
Dysfunction of sensory integration is when the brain cannot organize and process sensations. Without good sensory integration, learning is difficult; the person feels uncomfortable with himself and can’t handle ordinary instructions. Motor uneasiness (anxiety), the inability to concentrate, behavior problems, poor language development, learning problems, and other extra-ordinary behavior at children and adults are the result of a dysfunctional sensory integration system.
Sensory integration therapy, otherwise, equitherapy, will be benefited from in all circumstances, whether, learning difficulties, attention deficit, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome or Autism.
During equitherapy optimal sensory integration will take place due to the movement of the vestibular system. Therefore any problem can be successfully treated through specific activities on horseback. No problem is too big or too small to be fixed!
It is important to remember that during equitherapy, the actual therapist is the horse itself. He represents the most important qualities during therapy. He gives the movement to the rider which improve sensory integration and also the motivation to try their best!
It is important to concentrate on the abilities of the rider, rather than his inability to do something. Through “play” the riders are given the opportunity to learn new skills which will provide them with better opportunities in the future..