What is Horse Therapy?
Horse Therapy encompasses a range of treatments that involve activities with horses to promote human physical and mental health.
An overall term that encompasses all forms of equine therapy is Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT).
Various therapies that involve interactions with horses for individuals with and without special needs, including those with physical, cognitive and emotional issues.
Benefits of Horse Therapy
Studies have indicated that equine therapy has been successful in helping patients show marked improvements in the following areas:
The patient improves his/her vertical and horizontal balance, muscle tone, improves motor coordination, experiences the independent movement of the pelvis and shoulders, which are essential for enable healthy walking habits. Riding provides the same upper body sensations as walking.
The patient feels a sense of general well-being, improved self-esteem and self-confidence. The therapy also helps to reduce feelings of insecurity and fear that in turn will help the patient gain more confidence in everyday life
Improves attention and concentration, essential qualities that any person should have for any area requiring educational skills. Overcoming the space-time domain presented by the therapy promotes thinking.
The therapy promotes the development of respect, responsibility, perseverance and loving toward animals. The positive attitude that the student acquires, improves family and social integration.
The sensation of riding a horse simulates physical muscles, promoting core strength, coordination and balance, as well as giving the patient a sense of autonomy and purpose. Research on horseback therapy has found that the motions of a horse’s gait provide excellent for individuals with mobility problems. Smooth riding relaxes high-toned muscles, and faster riding develops muscle tone. The technical aspects of riding also help develop fine motor control. In short, to an individual who suffers from motor impairment, horseback riding is an ideal activity for therapy.
Our Horse Therapy Services & Process
Therapeutic Horse Riding Programme (Early Intervention)
This Therapy makes use of riding horses as an effective way of providing physical and emotional therapy as well as psychological benefits to patients especially children and adolescents suffering from autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, visual and hearing impairment, anxiety disorder, learning disorder, substance abuse, multiple sclerosis, development disorder, muscular dystrophy, amputation, brain injury as well as behavioral problems.
Our Specialist will perform a Screening & Understanding the Child’s condition.
Indoor Mechanical Horse
Indoor Horse Riding Therapy Sessions on Customised Mechanical Horse.
Outdoor Horse Riding
The characteristic movements of the Horse are used to carefully render sequential sensory and motor input and improve sensory processing and neurological function of a subject.
Healing Horses Singapore is a privately owned social enterprise mainly focusing on early intervention for young children.
Healing Horses is the first indoor therapeutic horse riding training organisation in Singapore catering to children and teenagers with special needs.
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