The movements of a horse integrate many senses, including vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, auditory and visual inputs. Vestibular simulation is one of the strongest and longest lasting sensations and can lead to significant improvement in gross motor skills, postural stability and visual motor control.
Additionally, the unique gait of a slow walking horse transfers variable, repetitive and rhythmic movement that stimulates both the right and left hemispheres of the rider’s brain that control attention, impulses and activity levels.
Equine therapy uses the motion of a walking horse to improve neurologic functions and sensory processes. Its calming, relaxing effect makes it ideal for individuals diagnosed with physical and mental disorders such as ADHD.