Therapeutic Riding Advantages

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A person’s behavior and experience can be altered during riding because communication is essential during a riding session. Ratliffe and Sanekane wrote that people have been benefiting from therapeutic riding as far back as the second century. Another benefit of therapeutic riding is that it influences multiple systems including sensorimotor (balance, touch, awareness of body position, eye and body movements), cognition, respiration, speech production, and behavioral, and social and psychological domains. Postural constol and strength are improved in a childs daily functional activities too because riding creates a displacement of the rider’s center of gravity, this also increases the riders motor skills. Riding gives kids with autism greater …show more content…
Cox says on pages 1 and 2, “Kids with autism are thriving because of therapeutic riding.” Therapeutic riding helps to improve the child’s co-ordination and confidence, things children with autism are lacking. Therapeutic riding helped Alec, a little boy with autism, overcome serious injuries he sustained when he crawled through his bedroom window and plunged twenty feet when he was just two years old. Alec was in a coma for six weeks and when he woke up he couldn’t move. He had to re-learn how to do everything. For years now, riding has been helping Alec and his twin brother, Bobby, with their autistic disabilities. “We are so lucky to have an affordable therapy like this on our doorstep that gives both our sons loads of fun as well as helping them therapeutically,” (Cox 1). Riding is a brilliant thing for Alec and his brother Bobby because it helps improve their core muscles and balance and other reasons. This happen because the horse is unstable. Horseback riding is helping kids with autism because it gives them an opportunity to fight back against their …show more content…
Therapeutic riding is one of the most effective therapies for children with both mental and physical disabilities. Since there are many places available for therapeutic riding programs all over the United States of America and Canada, horseback riding is able to improve many qualities of a child with autism spectrum disorder that they never would have been able to improve upon before. In the journey of therapeutic riding, autistic children are able to develop a strong bond with their horse and instructors. Not only do the children benefit from therapeutic riding, the horses also benefit. Therapeutic riding gives a chance to children with autism to become significant members of

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