Why Equine-Assisted Services?

Cloverleaf knows how beneficial horses can be for people living with all types of disabilities. Equine-assisted services allow individuals, families and caregivers to come as they are and become who they’re meant to be.


Benefits of Equine-Assisted Services

Ride the path to a thriving life.

Physical Benefits

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.

Cognitive Benefits

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.

Emotional Benefits

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.

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