Category Archives: Equine Therapy

Can Equine Therapy Be Used For Weight Loss?

Can Equine Therapy Be Used For Weight Loss?

What’s equine therapy or horse therapy all about? Equine Therapy is a therapy that uses the horse as a therapeutic tool. Equine Therapy works on three different levels:

Hypotherapy: Works with people who have neuromotor disorders and going out to get study neurological, traumatic, degenerative or genetic origins
Therapeutic riding: This is the area that brings in psychiatry, psychology and pedagogy, as well as the promotion kinesis. Therapeutic riding treats psycho dysfunction, sensomotor and sociomotor problems that have psychological, psychiatric or educational bases.
Riding as a sport: People, who are gaining mastery of their body and can control the horse, can start working in this area.

Currently there still may be some negative projections on the success and validity of equine therapy. Skeptics may feel “riding a horse is not therapy” or “all animals do is eat, then don’t give therapy”. Projections like these may sound to be based and some more than stigmatic beliefs, but the truth is that not. We have come to a point in our society that accepts many different types of therapy, from art therapy to cloud therapy and everything in between. Studies have proven them to work to different degrees for the individual. Yes there is hope in recent studies and research supporting the use of horses as a therapeutic modality. But it’s a new therapy and no doubt the fact not everyone has access to a majestic stallion or jackass can limit the conceptual process but accepted as a therapy.
What is unique about equine therapy is that horses, besides the fact that you are dealing with the horse as the main tool, is that the horse in equine therapy only plays the part of a horse not a therapist. There is no need to “break the spirit” or being a involved in “natural horsemanship”. Horse doesn’t receive amy other training other than being love and well taken care.

The power of equine therapy is the bond we humans can develop with such a majestic creatures. Being around them can center our lives to focus in on their needs. Yes there will still be a need for a Treatment Plan in Equine Therapy especially in dealing with the physicality of the therapy. So yes using equine therapy can be beneficial with weight loss, eating disorders, drug addiction, and psychological disorders.Equine therapy may be a horse of a different color, but it’s worth saddling up and trotting around for a while to receive the full benefit.

I viested each website below to give you a list of Equine Therapy in Florida /Equine – Assisted  Therapy Programs ()

FL, Archer
HOPE – Horses Helping People 9722 SW 153 Ave. Archer, FL 32618 (352) 495-0533
9814 SW 153 Ave., Archer, FL

FL, Bradenton
Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy NARHA Premier Accredited Center
P O Box 9566 Bradenton, FL 34206-9566 (941) 746-1493
4800 CR 675, Bradenton, FL

FL, Brooksville
The ARC Nature Coast 5283 Neff Lake Road Brooksville, FL 34601 (352) 544-2322

FL, Brooksville
Legacy Oaks Riding Stable 16047 Psenka Brooksville, FL 34604 (352) 796-9702

FL, Coconut Creek
Horses & Handicapped of South Florida, Inc. NARHA Premier Accredited Center
P.O. Box 273542 Boca Raton, FL 33427 (954)974-2007
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL

FL, Coconut Creek
Bit by Bit, Inc. 11555 Heron Bay Blvd.. Suite 200 Coral Springs, FL 33076 (954) 234-8808
4201 Vinkemulder Rd., Coconut Creek, FL

FL, Dania
Kiwanis Horses & Handicapped, Inc. PO Box 551 Dania, FL 33004 (561) 753-9700

FL, Davie
Healing Hooves Psychotherapy, Inc. 3500 Peacefull Ridge Rd Davie, FL 33330 (954) 547-9928

FL, Kissimmee
Heavenly Hooves, Inc. 417 Celebration Ave. Celebration, FL 34747 (407) 301-1085
1731 Boggy Creek Rd., Kissimmee, FL

FL, Loxahatchee
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center NARHA Premier Accredited Center
13300 6th Court North Loxahatchee, FL 33470 (561)792-9900

FL, Miami
Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, Inc. NARHA Premier Accredited Center
PO Box 700016 Miami, FL 33170-0016 (305) 258-2838
22155 SW 147th Avenue, Miami, FL

FL, Middleburg
Hope Therapy NARHA Premier Accredited Center
1591 Big Branch Rd Middleburg, FL 32068 (904) 291-6784

FL, N. Ft. Myers
Special Equestrians, Inc NARHA Premier Accredited Center
P.O. Box 61528 Fort Myers, FL 33906 (239) 731-1212
17840 Palm Creek Dr., N. Ft. Myers, FL

FL, Naples
Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc. 206 Ridge Dr Naples, FL 34108-3418 (239) 596-2988

FL, Ocala
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc. NARHA Premier Accredited Center
P O Box 6832 Ocala, FL 34478 (352) 624-4240
3143 SW 17th St., Ocala, FL

FL, Ocala
Story Book Meadows
13049 NW 97th Place, Ocala, Florida, USA 34482 (352) 351–4746

FL, Orlando
Freedom Ride, Inc. NARHA Premier Accredited Center
1905 Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 293-0411

FL, Rockledge
Harmony Farms, Inc. “Horses for the Handicapped” 5300 Stadium Parkway Rockledge, FL 32955-5112 (321) 631-9433

FL, Sanford
A Stable Life Counseling
114 W. 1st St. Suite 246 Sanford, FL 32771-1273 (321)377-2243

FL, S.W. Ranches
Project Stable Foundation 5790 S.W. 130 Ave. S.W. Ranches, FL 33330 (954) 680-8069

FL, Tampa
Bakas Equestrian Center “Horses for Handicapped” NARHA Premier Accredited Center
11510 Whisper Lake Trail Tampa, FL 33626 (813) 264-3890

FL, Thonotosassa
Traverse, Inc. NARHA Premier Accredited Center
10730 N. 56th St. Oak Plaza – Suite #210 Temple Terrace, FL 33617 (813) 960-3488
11408 Walker Rd., Thonotosassa, Fl

FL, Vero Beach
Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast NARHA Premier Accredited Center
Special Equestrians of the Tre P. O. Box 651312 Vero Beach, FL 32961 (772) 562-7603
8000 8th Street, Vero Beach, FL

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