Specially-abled kids get a feel of equine therapy

Specially-abled kids get a feel of equine therapy

Horse riding, often seen as an unique recreational activity, is also known to work wonders for differently abled people for improving their lives through equine therapy.

This therapy is now increasingly being recommended to improve the cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills of people, especially kids with cognitive disability.

This was demonstrated here on Tuesday, by Pushpa Bopaiah, a qualified instructress at the Agaram riding grounds, in the ASC Centre campus. Bopaiah has been training many kids with special needs since 2000 and says about 450 kids have benefited from this facility at the ASC Centre.

"Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to human gait. While riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength, those with emotional disabilities display increased confidence, patience and self-esteem which is a result of the unique relationship with the horse" she added.  Among the cases that are treatable are autism, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, and even cardiovascular cases.

The ASC Centre and College will be organising a national level Polo tournament at the Agram Riding and Polo Academy (ARPA) from August 31st to 13th September, followed by the regional horse show which will be held from 4th to 6th September as a part of the tournament.