Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

For the special needs and military veterans communities, the physical and mental benefits of riding horses in a structured and supervised setting are numerous—and well-documented.


Not everyone knows, however, that we can thank the simple motion of a horse’s gait for much of the progress that occurs.


“Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.”


This basic explanation comes from PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), the global authority in therapeutic riding. Horses with Heart is proud to be a PATH Premier Accredited Center.

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