Equine therapy helping riders with disabilities

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Around since the days of Hippocrates, rehabilitation facilitated through the use of a horse has long been understood to be of benefit for those with disabilities. The therapy was in place at a hospital in the United Kingdom as early as 1901, and was later used to provide relief to wounded soldiers who fought in World War I.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” Winston Churchill said. Dream Walkers Equine Therapy in Uvalde County has taken that statement to heart.

Founded in the fall of 2011 and with its first lessons given in the spring of 2013, the non-profit organization helps patients with many types of disabilities – among them muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, emotional instability, brain injuries and stroke.

“The use of a horse strengthens muscle and body control, gives a sense of self-satisfaction, and allows the rider to enjoy some independence,”  reads the center’s website.


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