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The healing power of horses – both riding and interacting with them – was documented as far back as 1936. Linda Kohanov, author of “Riding Between the Worlds“ says, “The observation that horses mirror the ‘feeling behind the façade’ is one of the key principles of equine-facilitated psychotherapy”.

 

At Chilanga Riding School for the Disabled, our focus is on helping those with physical challenges. Improving concentration, mental rigidity, motor and language development are but a few of the benefits of horse riding for the physically disabled.

Our vision is to provide the disadvantaged and the physically disabled with regular access to horses and horse riding lessons, so that they may grow and their lives be enriched.

Some benefits of horse riding for the disabled:

Mental Rigidity

When Mentally handicapped children start horse riding lessons and acquire new skills at their own pace, learning becomes pleasurable, and the idea that even they can succeed changes their outlook on life. They become more assertive and more inclined to try new experiences. Their self-esteem grows and with it their confidence.

Language Development

Mentally challenged children often experience communication difficulties and resulting frustration. While horse riding, the ability to talk fluently is not required and thus they do not experience any stress while participating in this activity. In response to this discovery, many therapists are now using horse riding in conjunction with speech therapy to benefit autistic children.

Motor Development

Because handicapped children’s motor development is not as well co-ordinated as that of normal children, they appear clumsy and awkward. A horse’s three-dimensional rhythmic movement activates their vestibule system which increased fluid-flow and ensures that many more impulses are sent to the brain – a very enjoyable way to do brain gym.

Concentration and Hyperactivity

After weekly riding sessions for a year or more, it is found that children do not need any more medication for hyperactivity. They can concentrate for longer periods of time, and a feeling of self-esteem is noticed. This makes them happier children with improved relationships.