Therapeutic Horseback Riding Is The Best Parent Therapy

by Michelle on July 14, 2011

in Inspiration,Parenting & Relationships

preparing for horseback riding

When you have a special needs child, every little accomplishment they have warms your heart.  Now, I didn’t set out to share how swelled up my heart is right now.  I actually wanted to share the benefits of Horseback Riding Therapy with you.

Then I realized that watching my son on the horse was just as much therapy for me as it is for him.  Seeing him all grown up and independent on the horse just brought tears to my eyes.  He’s my baby but he’s not really a baby.

mounted on a horse

equestrian cj

horseback therapy

Watching my CJ horseback riding as a form of therapy has helped me in the following ways:

  • I feel proud my son can actually be a part of something that brings him so much joy
  • My heart is peaceful seeing CJ feeling such a sense of accomplishment
  • I actually have a moment in time where I’m not stressing over him being able to do what other kids are doing

horse therapy

Now, I don’t want to be selfish.  Let me share how horseback riding therapy is actually helping him:

  • The extra tone in his legs is greatly reduced
  • He feels more happy and independent
  • His flexibility and balance is being improved
horseback staples
So the net net of it all is horseback riding therapy is such a fantastic form of therapy physically and emotionally for the child and parent.
If you are a parent of a special needs child, have you or your child ever experienced the joys of horseback riding therapy?  Please share your experiences!  I’d love to hear about them.

caregiver Michelle

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Minister of Style July 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Oh Michelle how wonderful for both of you! Trust me I know how much joy that sight has brought you, I think of all the things Tatiana has experienced and how much joy they have brought both of us….priceless!

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Michelle July 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

It really is priceless. Our kids bring us the biggest joys…even with the challenges.

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