Horseback riding has long been used as a therapeutic measure for people with special needs. A recent study by the University of Ioannina in Greece supports this type of therapy. Researchers reviewed “people with disabilities participating in modified or adaptive riding as therapy or hippo-therapy”. Results of the 16 studies showed that horseback riding helped with “motor function, posture, gait, and quality of life”. These studies demonstrated growth of social and emotional skills to those who participated in horseback riding therapy. These positive results show a big therapeutic value to individuals of all ages with special needs.
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