Therapeutic riding also affects the rider’s inner ear sensory receptors by giving them a sense of movement and balance. With the rider in contact with the horse, they also get tactile experiences that come from touching the hours or simply feeling its heat.
Riding allows for the therapist to give the rider instructions to follow to address their communications issues. The rider is also encouraged to direct the horse through the use of verbal communication is possible or the use of signs to communicate non-verbally.
Using the reins is a helpful physical aide for the rider that allows them to use squeezes and other physical actions to help direct the horse.
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