Numerous studies have concluded the motion of a walking horse promotes relaxation, and that’s just what people diagnosed with ADHD need!
As an article by Claire Dorotik-Nana, LFMT states, equine-assisted therapy is especially effective for attentional disorders.
“The neurotransmitters released when riding create an effect that is similar to the one created by stimulant medication. This then makes it possible for an ADHD child to concentrate, be less hyperactive, fidget and impulsive,” writes Dorotik-Nana.
By replicating the motion of a slow-walking horse, REST® calms and soothes children and adults weighing up to 300 pounds.
Equine-assisted therapeutic interventions are used in many institutions worldwide for the treatment of individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and tens of thousands have seen their neurological function and sensory processing improve.1
REST draws upon the results derived from 55 years of hippotherapy research that has proven the movement of the horse’s pelvis during horseback riding provides motor and sensory inputs to the human body.2
Furthermore, scientific studies have linked two important findings:
The REST is history and science!
The conclusion: REST provides optimum treatment benefits to people young and old with autism, ADHD, PTSD, or similar conditions.
1,2,3 Applied Animal Behaviour Science 135 (2011) 271-276; Three-dimensional analysis of horse and human gaits in therapeutic riding. Hidehiko Uchiyama, Nobuyo Ohtani and Mitsuaki Ohta.