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Old 08-31-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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I searched and found some other threads, but they were mostly about where to find facilities; I know of some near me, but I'm more interested in whether I "qualify" or could benefit.

Typically, I've seen it suggested for people with physical injuries/disabilities, or with autism. I am neither, but I do suffer from schizoaffective disorder (basically depression with some paranoia and disorganized thinking thrown in) and social anxiety disorder. My mom has two horses, and I frequently help with their management and love being around them, but don't ride them due to compatibility issues (ones not big enough for a man the others not good for beginners).

Has anyone with similar issues been helped through therapeutic riding, or known somebody who has?
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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I know a woman in Colorado who runs a therapeutic riding program with her adopted horses.

I don't think it's the riding per se that helps people, whatever their problems might be. I think it's the focus, the learning, the empathy with an animal that helps. Any process that involves these things might well be helpful for a person having difficulties of some kind.

And if you love animals, it's just plain better to be around them than not. Sometimes, in caring for an animal, or soothing an animal, you soothe yourself at the same time.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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I am 100% for it.

Riding is very relaxing in the right setting.
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