for H.D. Patients
"As the brother of an HD patient, I want to recommend professional Therapeutic Riding to every caregiver. My brother looks forward to going more than anything else. When he mounts his horse his posture improves
and his chorea lessens. On the way home he is happy! We go to the
New York City Therapeutic Riding program. There are many around the
Take a look at the website:http://narha.org/
The therapeutic program is modeled after the North American Riding
for the Handicapped Association guidelines for accredited operating
and educational centers.
Horseback-riding is a well-established therapy for numerous conditions,
including autism, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, muscular
dystrophy, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The exercise of riding
improves the rider's balance, flexibility, strength, and control
of head, trunk, arms and legs. Learning to ride also provides cognitive
and emotional benefits: guiding a horse is an act of communication
from rider to horse that develops concentration and precision on
the part of the rider. Riding can improve the rider's confidence
and self-esteem as he or she learns how to control and work together
with such a large and powerful creature as a horse.
Last but not least, horseback-riding is fun! It provides not only
exercise, but also recreation and the company of a kind and beautiful
PLEASE TRY IT OUT.
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