Can You Tell Me More About the Benefits of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies?

You ask, we answer!

Horseback riding provides a unique form of therapy.  Not only are there physical benefits to the therapy, but cognitive and emotional benefits as well.   We’ve gathered a few excellent links about Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAA&T).

From PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship):

What Are Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies?  Throughout the world, hundreds of thousands of individuals with and without special needs experience the rewarding benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT)….” 

 To read the entire article, please click on the following link:

A Hippotherapy Session

From Horses Helping People MA:

“Why Horses?  Did you know that from the moment a rider first mounts the horse or gets in a cart to drive, they begin to improve their balance, coordination and motor planning? …” 

To continue reading this article, please click on the following link:

From the Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI):

For those who are interested in scientific research about both the benefits of therapeutic riding and training horses for therapeutic riding, please consult the website of HETI (Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International):

Under “Resources” you will find an extended bibliography of EAA&T (Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy) related publications.

Or, follow this link: to access and find articles on such topics as:

Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Its Effects on Gait and Gross Motor Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Therapeutic Riding Assists Children with Learning Disabilities

Therapeutic Horse Riding:  A Natural Therapy for Disabled People

The Development of Communicative Skills in Children with Delayed Speech Development During Hippotherapy Sessions

The Rider’s Perspective

We hope these links provide you with a better understanding of the benefits of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, and why week after week we see smiles on the participants and volunteers alike!