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Why the horse

The horse itself is an incentive as it is familiar and friendly, it enjoys human contact and is eager to follow the therapist's and individual's instructions. Moreover, it is prone to feel , mirror and transmutate the disabled individual's feelings and thoughts.

Due to the fact that all sessions take place out-doors in the arena, they are not regarded so much as lessons but more as a pleasant and constructive activity which is entertaining and fun at the same time, although it is considered to be a strenuous exercise. Since the horse is not a critical participant, the interaction with it helps the individual's overall behaviour and mood.

The horse's movement during the walk mimics perfectly the human walking gait and is a 3-dimensional movement (back-front, right-left-rotational). The horse s walk, rhythmical and slow, sends a series of stimuli through-out the body of the rider thus stimulating not only the musculoskeletal system in its entirety but also the brain.

At the same time the therapists work with the rider through games that are based on physiotherapeutic and occupational therapy principles, games which include speech exercises, memory exercises, stance and balance exercises in such a way as to make the session constructive, effective and fun. There are always 2 therapists, one on each side on the rider to ensure his/her safety, good balance and a 3-way good interaction between rider, horse and therapists.

 
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