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Therapeutic Benefits of Horseback Riding
Traditionally, mankind and horses have had a strong bond, whether the horse is used for labor purposes or interacting in the various sporting events, such as, show-jumping and/or horse racing. It was not until the early eighteenth century that horseback riding was used for therapeutic purposes.
Horses, in general are believed, by therapists, to have an amazing effect on people with psychological, social and physical problems. Some of these problems include autistic children; young people with behavioral, emotional and addiction problems; people with Cerebral Palsy; spinal cord injuries; visual and hearing impairments; anxiety disorders; adults with depression and addictions and a host of other issues. People with the previously mentioned conditions are ideal candidates for horseback riding therapy. The success of these depends entirely on whether a close bond between the patient and horse is formed.
The various fields of equine therapy include:
- Hippo therapy - treatment practiced by a licensed physical and/or occupational therapist with the use of a horse to target specific needs.
- Therapeutic riding - a trained therapeutic riding instructor aids persons with disabilities.
- Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) - facilitated by a licensed health professional and equine expert to assist in various ways.
Horse backing riding therapy has many rewards. In addition to the muscular advantages, it also provides the person with the feeling of being able to care for a companion by assisting with the grooming, brushing and bathing. The outcome of this is relaxation, and it has a calming effect.
Horses As Partners in Powerful Coaching
Jane had just returned from a much needed vacation; a spiritual retreat she called it. She had been working for 9 years in her current position of Director of OD. She was stuck-something needed to give.
Jane was very much looking forward to the 2 day leadership retreat with the horses. She was very supportive of trying new methodologies for self and team discovery. Although she new little of the connection between leadership and horses, she knew from the accuracy of the Personal Leadership Assessment everyone had taken in advance of the workshop that this experience was going to be revealing no matter what happened.
One would never know what was really going on with Jane; no one human that is. She seemed happy and vibrant and full of support for her team. However, Dolly, a 17 year old alfa mare, had Jane's number from the beginning.
This particular exercise required simply leading the horse. Now this is something you would think a leader could do quite easily. They have been directing and guiding people for years. And most leaders assume that those people are doing what they say and following them. Some go so far as to 'inspect what they expect'. After 16 years consulting and coaching leaders, I can easily say most don't.
Throughout the remainder of the workshop, Jane was able to 'be' more completely. Her vulnerability led to a level of trust with her team that enabled them to have similar experiences. Now they have the opportunity and muscle memory to lead their teams through this same vulnerability. Through her session with Dolly, Jane experienced 'real' leadership and shared this with her team.
At the end of the two days, the team summed up what they had learned. One thing was very clear to them...their definition and concept of leadership had changed dramatically. This is the power, and the gift, of equine facilitated coaching.