Importance Of Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy

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Previous to starting my journey at the University of Colorado I knew that I enjoyed helping people, but I wasn’t so sure what degree would get me there. I began my studies with an idea that psychology could help me reach that goal. Every psychology course I took was more interesting than the last, and I was hooked, but I still wasn 't sure where this would take me and my goal of helping others. I had volunteered in high school, and so began looking for volunteer opportunities in Boulder. My sophomore year at UC Boulder, I discovered Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy (RMRT), a place that would go on to change my path in life. Having ridden horses most of my life and acting as a ranch hand for my grandfather, this seemed like the perfect fit for …show more content…
Although I was initially apprehensive to leave the students I had been working with, I was going to be used in a Hippo-therapy class, and that was an opportunity I was eager to begin. It only took a couple of lessons to realize that this was something I was passionate about. Trying to spend as much time volunteering and learning about Hippo-therapy became a hobby. I soon learned that Hippo-therapy that was only a sliver in an expansive medical field known as Occupational Therapy. The idea that an entire field focused on helping people live their life to the fullest potential enthralled me. Helping children learn their disabilities can be used to their advantage, helping veterans live their life after a devastating injury, or even helping elderly citizen integrate with our fast changing society are only a few applications of Occupational Therapy. Knowing that I could help such a wide spectrum of people was something that immediately drew me to this field. From there, it was the children that I would go on to work with that would cement my passion for Occupational …show more content…
My passion has only grown during these years. When working with children during Hippo therapy lessons, it’s easy to see the progress that they are making. When using a horse as a therapeutic aid hippo-therapy uses the horses pelvic movements to help with many different aspects concerning the rider. These riders are benefiting from the movement of the horse and they genuinely enjoy the time they spent with the animals. Being able to facilitate relationships between animals and children is also something that I have become passionate about through my time volunteering. I have been given the opportunity to help children with disabilities find alternative methods in completing day to day tasks, making their lives just a little easier. I have been given the opportunity to help adults regain movement patterns that were previously hindered. I have seen the look on family members and friends faces when they see their loved ones complete a challenging task, or smile from ear to ear. All of these opportunities are rooted in the progressive therapeutic style of

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