The Power of Riding: Heart, Brain and Body

I am constantly asking myself what it is about the human/horse relationship that can be so profound. A few years ago I worked with a teenage boy with Tourette’s Syndrome. When he rode during our psychotherapy sessions his tics would disappear. I asked him what other sports he did, and if his symptoms went away when he engaged in those sports as well. He said he played basketball and that the tics would diminish, but that they wouldn’t go away completely like they did when he was riding. Both of us were thrilled and yet baffled by this enchanted affect the riding was having on him. Time and time again I observe how riding, and our time with horses, effects mind and body differently from most

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