People ask me all the time why I started this non-profit organization, and what are the benefits of disabled individuals being on horseback. Besides the energy that is displayed between human and horse, horses trust TRUTH!! They know when a human being is one of honor and partnership not request or demand…like old friends who trust each other and place no demands. Children display this kind of trust to the horses, and they also NEED this kind of trust from the horses (and humans/friends).
I start all my participants bareback. The movement of the human body is almost identical to the gait of a horse at a walk. A person who is unable to walk, therefore, receives similar motion through the movement of the horse’s pelvis when riding a horse. It is the only time many of the patients have ever experienced that “walking input” in their own body. As if by magic, the horse provides the exercise and body movement where it has previously been denied by the human body due to its own disability. The motion stimulates muscles and ligaments that have not been used, and the exercise may eventually enable them to develop to the point of use on their own.
Sit upon your horse bareback. Have someone hold the horse’s head if you need to in order to remain safe while doing so. Let go of your reins, mane or the whithers and tune in to your horse and your self!!