This is my 3rd year of Equine (“horse”) therapy, which is my favorite therapy! For an hour each week, I can enjoy my disability!
“Horse” therapy is kind of like physical therapy. In August 2013, I attended the Abilities Expo in Houston. Someone who did stuff with horses was there, & I asked how I could find horse therapy in my area, & they told me what to google...& Red Arena came up on the search engine! When I began, I was unable to speak, & flimsy like a rag doll! I took Physical Therapy for about 2 years, but nothing seemed to really help me….however, after just a few months of riding a horse, the strength in my core was remarkable! I can now lean forward, push myself back up, sit in a chair without arms unassisted, etc. Equine (“horse”) therapy isn’t just limited to building core strength, building endurance, or helping a person to work on their balance, but it has also strengthened my upper body, replaced many of my anxieties with confidence, increased my independence, & helped me to strengthen my breathe support, so after 10 years, I am finally able speak again! I started horse therapy "just because"--I had NO idea of the many benefits, & I only wish that I had started sooner!