The Benefits Of Equine Therapy For Those Who Are Disabled Or Have Special Needs

Jan 26, 2016

Equine-assisted activities can provide therapeutic benefits for children, adults and veterans who are disabled.
Credit Provided, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Horseback riding is a fun, recreational activity kids and adults alike can enjoy. But horse-assisted activities go beyond leisure; they can provide therapeutic benefits for those who are disabled. Equine therapy can help individuals with disorders ranging from spina bifida to Down syndrome to ADHD.

At Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship (CTRH), equine therapy serves children, adults and veterans with special needs through adaptive recreational horseback riding, hippotherapy and equine facilitated learning. In Northern Kentucky, Lovesome Stables Equitherapy provides similar therapeutic horseback riding programs.

Joining us to discuss the positive effects of equine-assisted activities are CTRH Executive Director Rob Seideman; CTRH Board Member and Rider Anne Phipps; CTRH Registered Therapist in hippotherapy and Licensed Occupational Therapist with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Sara-Ruth Riggs; and the head of Lovesome Stables Equitherapy Learning Program for Veterans, Geoff Fryman.