Our clients are achieving what they previously were told was impossible. They are learning to walk, to move, to connect. Research shows the therapeutic benefits from riding and interacting with a horse consistently provides improvement in these areas:
- Physical: The horse rhythmically and naturally moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait, improving posture, balance and muscle control. In addition, equine-assisted therapy provides cardiovascular benefits.
- Psychosocially: Equine-assisted therapy increases concentration, improves sequential thought processing, increases rider's ability to articulate emotions, develop spatial awareness/orientation and expanding their esteem, awareness and self-discipline.
- Life Skills: The benefits of riding can influence daily living skills, foster independence and consistently improve peer-to-peer and family relationships resulting in increased socialization and participation at home and school.
Equest provides equine assisted therapy to more than 200 riders with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities every week, challenging them to achieve their maximum potential for independence.