Children love animals. They bond, smile, and chuckle when a wet nose touches their hand. Children with just about any physical, emotional, or developmental problem may be helped tremendously by those animal touches. Therapy with horses has been recognized as a benefit of medical treatment since 460 BC. Hippotherapy (from the Greek word "hippos", meaning horse) or equine therapy, are based on the idea that the rhythmic repetitive movements of the horse work to improve cognitive skills, balance, posture, and strength in a disabled rider. The self-esteem, emotional bonds, and trust of a horse benefits their mind, body, and soul of not only the child, but also their parents. Parents who truly want to improve their child's world, a world that may include wheelchairs or walkers, see the complete satisfaction on their child's face as they ride a horse.
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Originally from California, Jill has lived in Colorado, and now calls Arizona "home", with husband Steve, and horses Copper, and Midnight. Although Jill has been riding for many years, she still gets weekly lessons with a wonderful and patient trainer, to improve her own skills. The passion of her horses is how she chooses to occupy her time during most of her days off from her "real job". Whether Jill is playing with our neighborhood children, or walking one of her horses as Lori's "helper", the emotional bond with all the children and horses is a magical and rewarding experience to share unconditionally with others. Jill is not a therapist, and is not paid. The smiles on the children's and parent's faces is the true benefit for her work with Lori and these families. Countless organizations around the country and around the world, are proving anyone can ride a horse, no matter what handicap or disability a person may have.
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Book Description Trafford Publishing, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1412064937