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What Is Therapeutic Riding? By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

Therapeutic riding is supervised horseback riding that is designed to help children and adults with disabilities. The therapy includes all aspects of taking care of and riding a horse, from grooming and equipping the horse to the actual act of riding. Certified instructors tailor the therapy to each person to improve certain skills, whether they are physical, emotional, or cognitive. For instance, learning to ride a horse not only teaches participants the skills required for riding, strengthening them physically, but can also help them learn responsibility, compassion, and confidence through caring for the horse and learning a new skill. The benefits may help participants with emotional and cognitive issues so that they can later apply this knowledge to other situations in their lives.

About the author: Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is a doctor of otolaryngology at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Cleland-Zamudio is the President and CEO of the Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center, an organization that offers therapeutic riding to people with disabilities in the local community.

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