Throughout the world, horseback riding has been considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy. A horse's gait, similar to the human's walk, helps strengthen spine and pelvic muscles, improves posture and coordination, and increases joint mobility. Along with physical therapeutic benefits, horseback riding gives people a feeling of control, a sense of accomplishment, and increased self-esteem.
Therapeutic horseback riding is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. The ability to control a horse as well as one's own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility, and teamwork. Best of all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which creates a special relationship between rider and horse, and promotes personal challenge. From the beginning, riders learn balance, coordination, and self-assurance, while receiving therapeutic muscle stimulation.