People often ask about our therapy horses – how do we find them? what makes them so fantastic at their jobs? Well, we interview prospective therapy horses just as carefully as we do every other member of our staff.
In addition to looking for temperament and willingness (will this horse be happy here?), we of course check for soundness (we’ll only ask a horse to perform a job for which s/he is well suited), and we also ask how they feel about ground-driving. It takes a little time for most horses to learn to take direction from someone walking behind them rather than seated on top but, with patience and practice, they get the idea.
Something that’s less noticeable to most folks, but which differentiates hippotherapy horses from others, is the quality of their movement. Since, during treatment, the kiddos are learning from the way the horses move, it’s important that they have a good example to work from. And, with our therapy horses, they certainly do.
Actually, if you’ve ever met our therapy horses, you know they’re a fine example for all of us. Get to know our trusty steeds here.