Information on Equine Assisted Services & Therapeutic Riding
Equine-assisted services & therapeutic horseback riding have been utilized through history to help heal the wounded, but have come into prominence in the last 40 years. As more research has shown, interacting with a horse (or any animal) helps with both mental and physical healing. Horses work well at exercising the body in a motion that is similar to a normal walking gait, helping train a rider's muscles and brain how to move around properly. They also are very good at reading body language, so they are able to help regulate and calm moods of their companions.
Below are links to articles that highlight these core themes.