‘Therapeutic Horsemanship’ Shows Benefits For Kids With Disabilities

CBS New York—September 4, 2017

CBS New York segment reported that the Adaptive Sports Academy at HSS hosted a horseback riding day for pediatric patients with physical disabilities. The event was a collaboration between HSS and Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship in Mount Kisco, New York.

For children who spend most of their day in a wheelchair, horseback riding has a number of physical and emotional benefits.

HSS occupational therapist Christina Pierozzi MS, OTR/L, who was on-site during the event, explained how riding a horse allows a patient to experience what a normal gait feels like because it activates their postural system.

Additionally, for children who spend hours in physical and occupational therapy, grooming a horse has therapeutic benefits as well.

Parents enjoyed watching their children learn a new skill and have a fun day.

"Seeing him up there like right now, as comfortable and relaxed as he is….My heart is smiling, this is beautiful," parent Kirk Prince said after watching his son ride.

"Took me about five minutes to get used to… it’s like a motorcycle with legs, and it feels nice," said Julian Prince after his session on the horses.

Watch the full segment at newyork.cbslocal.com. This aired during the September 4, 2017 broadcast.

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