A Charming Story About Autism, Horses and Friendship

apples for cheyenne

“Apples for Cheyenne: A story about autism, friendship and horses” written by Elizabeth King Gerlach and illustrated by Kim Miller is a delightful children’s book that touched me on a personal and professional level. I grew up in a family affected by autism, and during those growing up years, my favorite hobby was horseback riding. […]

The Sensory Benefits of Hippotherapy


In an archived interview with Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, we learned insights about hippotherapy and its benefits. Hippotherapy uses the horse’s movement and associated sensory stimulation to promote neurophysiologic change. It is performed by a registered occupational, physical or speech and language therapist to achieve various functional outcomes such as sitting independently or catching a […]

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Enhance Speech Development with Therapeutic Horseback


When reviewing medical information, we always look to see if the child is verbal or not. If it says non, then the first question to the parents is, “Does your child make noises?” If the answer is “yes”, we will ask the child to make a sound to indicate a command to the horse. Turning […]

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Build Core Strength and Increase Focus with Therapeutic Horseback Riding


The motion of the horse stimulates every muscle in the body when in motion. This motion helps build core muscles through exercises astride the horse. It creates a motion that needs a balance response from the rider which also improves muscles and results in posture corrections. Increasing Attention and Focus However, when a rider with […]

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The Therapeutic Value of Horseback Riding


The motion of the horse simulates the human walk.  Therefore, when sitting on a horse, the hips move in a forward and backward motion, side to side, and a rotational ‘swing’.  In addition, without interacting with the horse at all, his motion stimulates every muscle in the rider’s body through his movements, whether the rider […]

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding


“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man.” –Winston Churchill When JJ was in his elementary school years, he participated in therapeutic horse-back riding for several years which had many benefits. The value of horse-back riding has been recognized as therapeutic as early as 600 B.C […]

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