Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reittherapy for students of Carnikava boarding school for children with special needs

Autor: Ilze Skuja
PHOTO DONATION: Andrejs Terentjevs

Thanks to the support of the Dinamo Riga hockey club students of Carnikava boarding school for children with special needs are starting to attend reittherapy sessions at Meždruvas1 horse riding club as of February 2013.

During the course each child follows an individualized program tailored to his/her specific needs. Therapy sessions are not limited to horse riding only. Under the supervision of the club’s staff students also perform a range of exercises strengthening their muscles, improving balance and stabilizing their central nervous system. For example, for Milana, who suffers from panic attacks caused by the fear of change, the lessons start with her talking to, combing and petting the horse. Only after this procedure the child is placed on the horse’s back.

Natalija Dreimane – the owner of the Meždruvas1 horse riding club and a certified reittherapy instructor -describes the therapy as follows, “Reittherapy is a treatment method where the main healer is a horse. The therapy addresses problems of medical, psychological and social rehabilitation. The factors ensuring the effectiveness of the healing process are: the rhythmic, three-dimensional movement of a horse, the warmth of a horse’s body, the close collaboration among the instructor, assistants and patients, as well as the unusual therapeutic environment. Horses can sense people’s physical and emotional condition and the way people touch them. Horses are very good at understanding their therapeutic functions and feel what children with health problems need".

Children are very excited and can’t wait to see their horses again during the next sessions.

We thank Dinamo Riga for their support and for providing children with this great opportunity to receive much needed attention and rehabilitation!


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