The equinotherapy is the therapeutic use of horses, riding techniques and equestrian practices looking for integration and rehabilitation of physical, mental and social development of people with disabilities.
An example of this therapeutic use is the case of Lis Hartel, at age 23 she contracted polio, which permanently paralyzed her below the knees, as well as affecting her arms and hands. She continued to be Danish champion in dressage in 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1959 thanks to the equinotherapy.
THE HORSE AND ITS CURATIVE POWER OVER THE HUMAN BEING:
When a horse moves up, down, forward, backward and sideways it produces an estimulation in the patient which is similar to a perfect beater.
THE BENEFITS OF EQUINOTHERAPY:
Therapeutic riding achieves great results at physical, psychological and emotional level. It stimulates attention and concentration. It increases self-esteem, confidence and patient safety and reduces anxiety
We think that this kind of way of using horses is useful, funny for the kids, help many people and as you can see in the pictures there is a relation between the animals and the people and it is a good way to remove fear. It is a reality that disability affects the whole family environment and not just the person who has it, for that reason, equine therapy offers the possibility of improving the social environment because it not only helps in the rehabilitation of disabilities, but also is a way of coexistence where relationships and encourage habits of tolerance.
Autoras: María del Mar Lozano, Candela Jiménez