Therapeutic Riding

At Derryham Stables our aim is to provide horse riding for people of all abilities. The stables has a purpose built sand surfaced therapeutic sensory trail with a water feature the horses can walk and splash through and man-made hills to improve balance as the horses walk up, over and down the hills.  Therapeutic horse riding is a therapy which is used for children and adults with a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities. Therapeutic Riding has been acknowledged to improve physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioural and educational skills along with being a healthy and fun activity.

The warmth and movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, thus reducing spasms and improving balance, mobility, posture and co-ordination, while strengthening muscles throughout the rider’s body. Horseback riding gently moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait so those with mobility problems discover a new freedom in movement. Therapeutic riding increases concentration and improves learning skills while having fun on horseback.

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