Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic Riding at QOH

Click here to download QOH Rider Registration Packet (2015) (406kb)
(Includes general information, fee schedule, general ranch rules, pledge sheet, registration and health history form, medical authorization form, release forms, medical history and physician's statement.)

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Therapeutic riding is a dynamic way to improve balance, joint mobility, coordination, muscle tone and posture.  It is extremely beneficial to children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, brain injuries, and other physical or mental impairments.

When mounted astride a walking horse, the rider's body is put through a variety of movements that are very similar to those of a human walking.  The horse's movements are three-dimensional: up and down, side to side, and back and forth.  The movements are synchronized in a precise and repetitive pattern, much the same as the human gait.  The rider responds to the motions with improved body symmetry, improved muscle tone, increased head and neck control, and improved balance.

The horse's movement also provides the rider with strong sensory input in the areas of the brain that register touch and motion stimulation, making it an excellent therapy.  Riding is also good for the cardiovascular system and provides the rider with aerobic exercise.

There are cognitive and psychological benefits from riding as well.  The lesson format encourages the rider to plan and execute sequenced activities that aid in information processing abilities.  Instructors use props, games and exercises, so individuals with cognitive disabilities can learn to perform more complex and difficult tasks on horseback.  Many daily living skills and basic education objectives are incorporated into the riding lessons.

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