Dream Walkers Equine Therapy
The benefits of horse back riding for Disabled Children
Movement of the horse stimulates part of the inner ear which controls balance and voluntary movement of the body, including speech for the rider.
- Cognitive Challenges - equine therapy is used to improve ability to sequence, perform tasks and follow instructions
- Physical Disabilities - horse movement,which is so similar to that of humans, stimulates postural muscles for better posture trunk control for the rider
Individuals with the following disabilities commonly participate and benefit from equine therapy:
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Visual impairment
- Down Syndrome
- Developmental Delays
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spina Bifida
- Emotional disabilities
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Learning disabilities
- Hyperactivity Disorder
- Cardiovascular accident/stroke and many other situations
Why use therapeutic riding?
Functional and measurable improvements have been shown in individuals with physical, cognitive, and speech disabilities.
DREAM WALKERS EQUINE THERAPY CENTER
was founded in 2011 with the purpose of providing instruction or training to children for the principle of developing and/or improving their capabilities—physically, emotionally, and/or mentally.
Functional, measurable improvements have been shown in individuals with physical, cognitive and speech disabilities. The effect of the horse’s smooth movement and gentle gait sends 134 vibrations to the brain and inner ear through the spinal cord. Interaction with these gentle giants helps increase muscle control which improving posture and the sensory system.
This therapy is provided by riding outside in the sunshine and fresh air and away from the medical atmosphere, which clients often see too much of.
Children are able and encouraged to build relationships with these horses, while having fun and learning to ride at the same time!