I recently found a Hippotherapy center that is near my parent's home - and being as we are big horse lovers and my son loves animals and being in motion I am really interested in it. Anyone have any experiences with this?
My daughter who is 8 now started riding horses, bareback and without a bit. She is riding confidently now and it is helping her confidence, balance and coordination all at one time. I HIGHLY recommend it, horses are just plain beautiful and sensitive creatures and they are easy to get "in tune" with...my daughter has NVLD, and sensory/coordination issues. Try it!
my son got to go to ridng center that is made for all children with special needs & he was so excited about his visit that he can't wait for next spring so he can get signed up & go riding once a week.i think that these riding places are good for specail needs children that love horses because it helps with so many thingsecspecially if the child is as much of horse lover as my son & our whole family is because the horse gives them love back & helps them to be more confident in themselves.
i have spd and horseback riding was a self-discovered therapy when i was younger. I HIGHLY recommend it. It is non-verbal, it is balance, it is rhythm, it is unconditional acceptance from an animal, it is tactile, it is core strengthening, it is empowering. I don't think i'd be anywhere near as functioning as I am today if I hadn't been drawn to the horses.
@A MyAutismTeam Member you're very welcome! It's a shame how underutilized this form of therapy is....i think because folks think it's horribly expensive, but if it's run by a nonprofit org, it can be "not as bad as people think"!