Through Equine Assisted Therapy and Early Stimulation programs we are able to attend to patients with different disabilities, benefitting many low-income families.
The Equine Early Stimulation program is aimed at children under 3 years of age. Each session lasts 20 minutes on the horse and 15 minutes of knowledge of the horse and cleaning.
The program of equestrian therapies lasts 25 minutes and the treatment is in accordance with the pathology to be treated, receiving support from specialists in psychology, pedagogy, physiotherapy and nutrition, who prepare work plans, record progress and work according to the benefits that you want to achieve. The therapies are offered to patients of any age.
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THERAPIES WITH HORSES
It is the use of the horse as a natural instrument for the integral rehabilitation, by means of the vibrations originated through the horse´s walk.
This therapy has three types of effect:
Perceptive, sensorial and organic and has proved very effective.
Socially, this therapy takes advantage of the "healing" capacity of animals in people with psychological, behavioral or social adaptation problems, helping them to overcome their ailments.
Transmission of heat to the pelvic belt and legs raises its temperature to more than 38º.
Marking the heart rate through the rider's legs, reaching up to the head, through the spine in beats of 110 per minute.
Transmission of a pattern similar to that of human walking, which is engraved in the body memory of the rider, automating it over time.
Strengthening of muscles.
Improved balance and coordination.
Appropriate handling of aggressive impulses.
Improvement in self-confidence, self-esteem, adaptability, cooperation and sense of responsibility, strengthens attention and mental concentration capacity, as well as the ability to communicate with the environment.
The rider improves his vertical and horizontal balance, regulates muscle tone and acquires better fine motor coordination, experiences the dissociation of the pelvic girdle and scapular waist, indispensable for healthy gait in standing. Straddling is equivalent to sitting on a horse.
The rider feels a sense of general well-being, improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
It also develops determination and brings greater security to him, distancing fears, transmitting this to the daily life.
It improves the attention span and concentration, indispensable qualities for an educational upbringing.
The space-time domain promotes pre-operative thinking.
The positive attitude that the student has acquired in itself, facilitates a greater integration both family and social. It also allows to develop respect, responsibility, determination and love towards animals.
Activities with horses:
To brush them, favors concentration, and enhances the affective relation with the horse.
Preparing the riding gear, also favors teamwork and memory, which includes learning the name of the horse and how many legs it has among other things.
Mounting them under the supervision of trained personnel. This moment allows to work with emotions, balance and the coordination.
Equine therapy or Hippo therapy is an integral therapy used by professionals of physical or mental health issues to promote the rehabilitation of children, adolescents and adults at the neuromuscular, psychological, cognitive and social level through the horse as a therapeutic tool and adjuvant.
Equine therapy is also used as early stimulation technique applied to children since the earliest stages. It takes advantage of the movements of the horse at a pace allowing the child to learn the crossed pattern basic movements for walking, or if he is already walking to reinforce his gait, it awakens the sense of balance and gives them security and character. The therapist stimulates language, senses of the touch, auditory and visual. Touching the horse stimulates mobility.
More than 100 weekly therapies are performed within our facilities, treating different ailments, obtaining extraordinary results, always benefiting those who need it most.
Requirements for therapy:
To initiate therapy, a letter from the attending physician is required in order to certify that the Equine therapy or the practice of activities on horseback are not contraindicated in that particular case. It is also desirable that the attending physician indicates the patient's most important rehabilitation needs.
During the first sessions, by observing patient’s needs o and the information provided by the parents and / or treating physician, the work plan for the patient is developed and established. Depending on the patient's responses, adjustments are made to obtain better results.
We are a non-profit association that welcomes volunteer collaboration and support in therapy sessions (before, during and after training). Especially welcome are students who wish to do their social service (veterinarians, pedagogues, therapists, psychologists, etc.)
Our goal to be a socially responsible organization commits us to support the most vulnerable sectors of society, offering
Scholarships ranging from 20% to 100%.
It helps patients with the following ailments and illneses:
Cerebral Palsy (spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic), Psychomotor Delay, Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome, Torticollis, Scoliosis (under 40 °), Lumbago, Sequelae of traumatic brain injury with motor dysfunction, Parkinson's disease, Microcephaly, Hydrocephalus, People with sequelae of cerebral infarction with motor dysfunction, people with cardiovascular syndrome, people with chronic bronchial syndrome, people with sensory problems or with absence of one of the five senses, helping people after a surgical operation, autism patients, patients with Patients with behavioral problems, Patients with problems of attention and mental concentration, Patients with problems of language, Patients suffering from neurosis, psychosis or schizophrenia, Patients with psychosomatic diseases, Patients with anorexia nervosa, Patients with bulimia.
Equine therapy is also functional in Early Stimulation in children, adolescents and adults.