Horses for Therapy - Horse riding therapy (Equine-assited Therapy - EAT).

by Ndri on August 30, 2010
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A beautiful quotation, author unknown states, A horse is like a best friend. Theyre always there to nuzzle you and make your life a better place. This simple quote describes perfectly the sheer joy and pleasure of owning a horse, and more importantly loving a horse. Horses have been known to provide therapeutic benefit to people by helping disabled children, kids with autism and adults with their myriad problems. So owning, grooming, riding and loving horses can be very therapeutic for anyone.
In America there are places that specialize in providing horse therapy for children who have disorders of the mind and emotions. The results of this therapy are startling to say the least. Autistic children and children with attention deficit disorder or ADD have a hard time communicating and the struggle to get their thoughts and feelings across often causes immense frustration. These same children when put together with horses make great progress.
horses for therapy <> is not a new concept by any means, people have begun to appreciate its vast potential and expand on the idea, to include a variety of children and adults.
In order to understand how this therapy actually works, you have to first gain a clear understanding of horse behavior patterns. A horse reacts very positively to a person who treats it with love and requests rather than demands. The horse will react negatively to noisy and aggressive people who try to be too controlling. Horses need a leader and they take instantly to someone who provides that leadership.
For this reason horses are ideal for use as therapy for children. Once a child is taught the basics of dealing properly with a horse, he or she can become the leader the horse seeks. When the horse feels safe and at peace with the person, cooperation is a hundred fold and the child can easily get the horse to do what is asked of it.
It would be quite wrong to assume that a child with autism or emotional disorders cannot relate well with animals. In fact children very often manage horses far more quickly than the adults do. This is because of the trusting nature of a child who will accept things more easily at face value.
Horses help children to focus, to express themselves and to increase the childs self esteem which often takes a beating.
Contact us for therapy on horses in Pretoria and Pretoria east as well as other agencies in the country.

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