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Therapeutic Riding 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 country."

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Horse riding at HD campThe 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 animal.


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