Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait. Riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
On average a horse walks 100 steps per minute so for example, 20 minutes of walking = 2000 opportunities for neuromuscular input.
It takes a high level of focus and concentration to remain balanced when riding a horse. The body’s natural reflex to remain balanced improves muscle development, while that concentration needed helps to increase brain activity.
Horses communicate non-verbally so they are in tune with body language as a means of survival. This provides an opportunity to see how those feelings are affecting the horse and how to productively work through them.
If clients can overcome that fear and anxiety to gain the trust of their horse, then they can use those same skills in different situations pertinent to their everyday lives.