Benefits for People with Cerebral Palsy

Study examines benefits of horse riding for children with cerebral palsy
Published on May 12, 2015

A Dundee University student is examining the benefits of horse riding for children with cerebral palsy.

rider monte walk back viewBenefits of Horse Movement

“…movement of the walking horse produced normalized pelvic movement in the rider, closely resembling pelvic movement during ambulation in individuals without disability.”

“…movements made by the horse improved co-contraction, joint stability, and weight shift, as well as postural and equilibrium responses.”

“…improved dynamic postural stabilization, recovery from perturbations…”
-Sterba, JA. “Does horseback riding therapy or therapist-directed hippotherapy rehabilitate children with cerebral palsy?” Dev Med Child Neurol. 2007 Jan;49(1):68-73.

Effects of hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding on postural control or balance in children with cerebral palsy: a meta-analysis


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