Horses can be an emotional mirror for humans. They respond to the feelings we show. They are gentle and trustworthy and respond in kindness when treated the same. Horses enhance our riders’ lives through their movement.
For children with physical challenges, horses provide a movement experience that is unparalleled in other therapies. A child who utilizes a wheelchair for mobility experiences newly found freedom of movement on a walking horse. This increased self-confidence, balance and posture often translates to activities at school, in the home or on the playground.
TROT’s horse partners are selected for their exceptional temperament, good health, soundness and smooth gaits and are carefully matched to the needs of the rider, helping propel with a variety of psychological issues as well as physical injuries and disabilities. The horse provides ample opportunities for the client to experience movement and sensory input, and that combination can produce powerful results in improved physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
The horse moves in a rhythmic, symmetrical, and organized way. Each step the horse takes provides strong sensory and physical input in many dimensions including up and down, side to side, and back and forth. By asking for variations in these movements the therapist or instructor gains results that cannot be achieved by a machine or duplicated in a clinic setting.