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Equestrian Program Is 'Therapy in Disguise'

Health & Wellness  (tags: therapy, animals, blood pressure )

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Many studies have shown that spending time petting a cat or dog lowers blood pressure and is just plain good for the soul

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Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 5:12 am
I know that too well.

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 5:20 am
There is an equestrian program near here for severely disabled children. The owners of the stables provide this service free to those in need. It works too.

Thomas C (116)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 10:58 am
They have disabled riding facilities in my county and most are aware of the theraputic effect of being with animals.

Maria p (151)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 12:14 pm
we also have disabled and theraputic riding placed were I live too. I think it is wonderful!!!!!!!!

Catherine Turley (192)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 12:35 pm
my friend is a psychologist with a fledgling horse rescue/teen therapy non-profit called 'serenity center for change'.

Rob P (46)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 1:30 pm
When are the people who are killing these animals going to realize that they have a contribution to humans that is so valuable,

pam w (139)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 1:39 pm
Contact with animals is very healing and heartwarming. I once watched a violent boy with uncontrollable anger issues snuggle, kiss and murmur to a small kitten. We need many more programs like this one. GOOD WORK!

Cindy C (125)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 8:54 pm
Animals are good for us and are incredible. We need to treat animals with love and respect. Thanks for the posting.

Janne Henn (24)
Thursday May 27, 2010, 10:34 pm
Soooo true!

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Friday May 28, 2010, 1:59 am
Patricia Lasek, I tried sending you a green star....note with thanks Lone!

wendy w (47)
Friday May 28, 2010, 5:42 am
It has been proven time & time again. So when will people start recognizing the benefits of using more animals in therapy instead of killing them? Animals are better than drugs.

Elle S (6)
Friday May 28, 2010, 8:50 am
thanks for the article

Beverly C (0)
Friday May 28, 2010, 9:33 am
It is very well-known that Equestrian Therapy is a God-send and miracle for many many children and adults who suffer from a variety of physical and emotional problems. It's great that the Equestrian Connection provides help for the families of patients as well. I'm going to pull up The Equestrian Connection's website to put them on my Facebook. --The Reese Center here in Georgia provides wonderful life-enhancing equestrian therapy, as well.

Rebecca Stover (33)
Saturday May 29, 2010, 3:46 pm
Even good residential treatment centers for toubled teens, like one close to where I live in AL right now, use the horses as a way to teach responsibility, bonding, reward and leadership. They do wonders. All animal therapy is good for even the most hardened offenders. Animals don't judge and love you anyway. It is the only love some get and becomes a transforming experience. We should use them for prisons, mentally ill, the elderly and disabled, much more than we do so now. They are vastly under used!

Tuesday June 8, 2010, 1:49 pm
Thanks a lot!
I'm about to 'work' in a horse farm soon. A place where the farmers take good care of the horses and love them very much.
I'm going to do it as a volunteer to be my therapy :)

low beng kiat (128)
Monday June 28, 2010, 3:11 am
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