Benefits of therapeutic horseback riding
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The benefits of therapeutic horseback riding can be seen at Hannah’s Horseshoes of Hope. We are an equine(horse)-assisted therapy center for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, serving the Red River/Texoma Region of North Texas and South-Eastern Oklahoma. We have had numerous students over the years, all ages 3 to 65+ years old, from all walks of life, and many different issues or disabilities. Our certified instructors challenge each student to learn something new every time they come, whether it is learning to brush and saddle their horse or practicing posting to build balance and strength. 

There are many benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for those with and without special needs. Many beyond just the physical benefits. Riders improve their self-esteem, focus and independence, as well as social interaction, even for non-verbal students while interacting with trained volunteers, professional certified instructors, specially trained Physical Therapists and other riders.

The entire experience is encouraged, including horse care; brushing, saddling or unsaddling the horse can contribute to the building of a strong relationship between horse and rider.

The four primary areas that can be influenced by therapeutic riding:

  1. Physical — The rhythm of the horse moves the body in a way similar to the human gait, thereby improving gross and fine motor skills, balance, muscle control, posture, flexibility, and coordination.  Riding can also provide cardiovascular benefits by raising the rider's heart rate.
  2. Mental —Time in the saddle can increase the student's concentration, help the rider to articulate emotions, and can develop a student's sense of spatial awareness.
  3. Emotional — Equitherapy provides an opportunity for each student to bond with the horse, instructors, and volunteers, establishing trust.  This can be effective in calming emotive outbursts and reinforcing appropriate behavior.  By establishing a noncompetitive setting in which to learn something new, client self-confidence is often greatly improved.
  4. Social — Disabled riders can begin to experience independence, often for the first time in their lives.  They become part of a team, developing skills in a recognized sport, and the resulting self-esteem and pride of accomplishment are things they can take back into their own worlds. 

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Triple H offers a variety of programs including private and group lessons, Equine-assisted Physical Therapy, camps and even customized sessions for specific organizations and groups.
Founded in 2002 by Janice and Clayton Mills, Hannah’s is named for their granddaughter, Hannah Sue - daughter of Steve and Jolene Mills - who was born with Down Syndrome.

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