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Las Vegas now has a Delta therapy horse; what does a therapy horse actually do?

Las Vegas now has a Delta therapy horse; what does a therapy horse actually do? | Horses for Therapy | Scoop.it
Rygambo (AKA Gummy Bear) is a Delta therapy horse. She is not an equine riding horse thus people do not ride her. So what does she actually do?
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This article talks about a specific horse named Gummy Bear which is a delta horse, meaning she can't be rode. She is used in therapy as comfort. The patients are allowed to pet her and feed her. I believe that this proves how animals are the best therapy because they are comforting.

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Why Use Horses for Therapy?

Why Use Horses for Therapy? | Horses for Therapy | Scoop.it
Discusses why horses are used for animal assisted therapy, the benefits, and options for horse therapy.
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Therapy with horses is not only beneficial, but also enjoyable. Horses are known to be quite intimidating, so by participating in therapy with  them you can gain a sense of trust. You can also define and correct your mistakes because horses mirror your actions; if you are nervous, the horse is nervous.

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Therapy horses warm hearts in Newtown: Student Research Center - powered by EBSCOhost

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This article introduces the exception that not all therapy horses are quarter horses, as well as how they can be used in therapy as comfort. These specific therapy horses are used for emotional support, but the amazing part is they are all miniatures; no larger than a golder retriever. Their patients consist of disabled, mentally ill, and abused people of all ages. In summary, these miniature horses bring joy to those who are unsure what joy is.

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Horse-riding therapy helps improve mobility, balance, coordination: Student Research Center - powered by EBSCOhost

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This article shows how horses can be used in therapy for those who have emotional, physical, and cognitive challenges. This not only helps face those challenges, but also helps build confidence. This kind of therapy allows the patients to be in physical conduct with a horse to improve their balance and their motor skills.

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Spirit Therapies Volunteer Opportunities - VolunteerMatch

Spirit Therapies Volunteer Opportunities - VolunteerMatch | Horses for Therapy | Scoop.it
Spirit Therapies is a Premier Accredited Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center for individuals with special needs. We are a non-profit organization. The accreditation is through the Professional...
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This article talks about spirit therapy. Spirit therapy is a therapeutic center meant for those with special needs and veterans. One day they plan to make this therapy more known to the public, and also to be free of charge. This specific center accepts volunteers as long as they are 14 years or older.

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Branford man raises his therapy horse to help others: Student Research Center - powered by EBSCOhost

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"Horses just calm people down," Griffin said. "They bring them out of their shells." This statement stuck out to me because it is true. Horses are calming and are known to bring out the best in people. I personally own 6 quarter horses and each one of them brings me to a peaceful state of mind. The man in this article is allowing his horses to be used as therapy for patients in need. One of his patients had Alzheimer's and never spoke, but when the horse approached her, she began to speak to it. To me, this proves that horses do in fact bring people out of their shells.

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Horses Help Heal Youth in Gooding Therapy Program: Student Research Center - powered by EBSCOhost

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Horses are used in therapy not only for those who have physical disabilities, but also those who have mental disabilities; including people who struggle to listen to directions. This type of therapy uses calm actions rather than yelling so the patients learn to be obedient while the horse's calm essence teaches the patient patience.

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