People who have communicated with a horse at least once know perfectly well what a beautiful, kind animal with huge intelligent eyes. But not all, unfortunately, have heard of such a concept as hippotherapy.
Horses are healers who help adults and children cope with strong ailments associated with both physical and psychological problems. It has long been believed that this noble animal takes away all negative energy from a person and shares its positive fluids with it.
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Therapeutic riding strengthens the main muscle groups of the child and teaches him to maintain correct posture. Sitting astride, the child tries to keep his balance and coordinates his movements with the movements of the horse. In motion, the muscles of the back of a bareback horse have a complex effect on the rider's musculature. They massage and warm up his legs and pelvic organs, increasing blood flow in these organs. This is due to the fact that the horse's body temperature is 1.5 человека higher than that of humans.
BUT: it is impossible to treat a child with a horse in case of hemophilia, kidney disease and bone fragility
To maintain balance on a moving horse, a person must coordinate the actions of all his muscles. In particular, the movement of the back of a walking horse is transferred to the hip joints and the spine of a child, imitating the movements of a person when walking. If a crumb can not walk on its own, it gets an idea of how to do it correctly. The muscles of his body during riding are trained on the same level as during walking. In addition, the lungs begin to work with full force, the blood supply to the brain improves.
The small horse sitting on a horse is forced to straighten its back, even if it suffers from a violation of posture or curvature of the spine. Parents note that in 3-4 months of regular classes the body in itself remembers the correct movements, and consciousness forms stereotypes of posture and walking. According to experts, this method does not provide any treatment other than hippotherapy. Having learned to sit confidently on a moving horse, in the future, the crumb takes these skills into everyday life and takes the first independent steps.
It is worth remembering that not every horse riding is hippotherapy.Riding on a horse becomes a medical event only if it is carried out according to indications and under the supervision of an appropriate specialist.
By the way, there are also contraindications: it is impossible to treat a child with a horse in case of hemophilia, kidney diseases and bone fragility.
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Hippotherapy is effective for autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Down syndrome, scoliosis, kyphosis, depression and various mental disorders. Sitting on horseback, the child feels himself not as a small, sick little man, but as a strong and agile rider who knows how to cope with such a large and intelligent animal as a horse. He has a loyal and good friend who needs to be taken care of.
By the way, training of kids in elementary ways of caring for a horse is also included in hippotherapy classes: feeding, cleaning wool. This is especially important for those children who are still afraid or because of physical ailments can not sit on it. At first, the crumbs simply stroke the horse, hug it, and then they get used to this positive energy and recognize their best friend in this big animal.