Reaping the benefits of therapeutic riding and hippotherapy
posted on January 1, 2012 - 12:13pm
It’s good to be back in the saddle.
I thought my horseback-riding days were over due to the progression of Friedreich’s ataxia, until I found Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT) in Arizona.
I’m finishing up my second 12-week session at TROT, and I’ve noticed that — even with having a neuromuscular disease at age 33 — I’ve experienced many benefits from therapeutic riding.
A wise teenager once said, “I think in order to motivate people, you have to kind of know how they work, and it’s different for every person.”
Krista Fincke of Tarpon Springs, Fla., has experience with not wanting to do physical therapy (PT), take her medications or wear her ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs).