Horse Therapy and Autism - The Horse Forum

 22Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 35 Old 06-20-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Horse Therapy and Autism

Hi guys, for my last year of high school I am doing a major work about Autism and Equine (horse) Therapy and am trying to determine how effective it is. So, just wondering what peoples opinions or even experiences have been around this subject. Thanks!
millymoo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 35 Old 06-21-2013, 12:49 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 5,568
• Horses: 0
There is a fairly recent thread about riders with Asperger's Autism and riding.

Asperger's and Riding

Based on my observation of people who participate in therapeutic riding programs, persons with diagnoses considered psychiatric show longer lasting benefits than those with solely physical challenges.
millymoo likes this.
boots is offline  
post #3 of 35 Old 06-21-2013, 12:59 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,610
• Horses: 1
Depending on severity I have seen it be very beneficial. My sons bestie is Autistic, high functioning but very mentally erratic. He dearly loves animals of all sorts, the bigger the better and adores a short ride, and will groom all day, but does not like the instruction it takes to ride properly. Says it takes the fun out of it. This is a child that I have a relationship with to the point they call me to calm him and my children guide him- and to see the joy in his eyes when Flicka snuggles him is pure joy.
Posted via Mobile Device
millymoo likes this.
cakemom is offline  
post #4 of 35 Old 06-21-2013, 01:23 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 38,462
• Horses: 2
my son is autistic spectrum. I took him riding once. He did not like it and has not interest in horses. Folks with Autistic spectrum personalities can't really be lumped together as neatly as we'd like.
Becca93, boots and millymoo like this.
tinyliny is offline  
post #5 of 35 Old 06-21-2013, 09:53 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 5,568
• Horses: 0
^^^ So true, and a good point for us to remember. Hard for us horse lovers to comprehend!

I'm picturing a friend's grandson (has a diagnosis of being on the spectrum) who loves vacuum cleaners and their steers, but is uninterested in horses.

Viva la difference!
millymoo likes this.
boots is offline  
post #6 of 35 Old 06-21-2013, 10:02 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 537
• Horses: 0
I've looked into it some and have read that if you sing while they are riding it has good effects on their speech development. I just remember thinking that was an interesting point. There's some really sweet videos on you tube showing autistic children at different therapy barns.
millymoo likes this.
Farmchic is offline  
post #7 of 35 Old 06-22-2013, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Thank you for your responses, I appreciate it. If you have any other info etc please share! All opinions are helpful :)
millymoo is offline  
post #8 of 35 Old 06-22-2013, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
P.S boots thanks for the link!
millymoo is offline  
post #9 of 35 Old 06-22-2013, 02:57 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 430
• Horses: 0
There are a few different case studies - I know there was a recent one completed here in Australia. It was shown to have some positive affects on those with austism and aspergers, but it does depend on the child. It is not a clear cut every child with austism loves horses and interactions have positive affects.

I know of a little boy who is a friends son who loves horses, but its hard to tell whether that love has anything to do with the fact his is autistic.

Great topic though.
millymoo likes this.

Horses lend us the wings we lack;

Becca93 is offline  
post #10 of 35 Old 06-22-2013, 03:26 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 38,462
• Horses: 2
You probably already know of this film

Autism documentary 'The Horse Boy' is an eye-opening ride | NOLA.com
millymoo likes this.
tinyliny is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Therapy Horse BigBenLoverforLife Therapeutic Riding 3 06-26-2013 10:01 AM
Poem-- Horse Therapy trailqueen Horse Videos 0 09-16-2010 02:52 PM
Set of Magnetic Horse Therapy nrhareiner Tack and Equipment Classifieds 1 05-07-2010 10:11 AM
Issac the Therapy Horse Whipple Horse Pictures 1 04-24-2009 06:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome