In 1984, when I started working with clients who have paraplegia, I was able to observe the outstanding benefits of EAA/T. Each rider enjoyed a renewed sense of freedom, independence which enabled them to participate again in meaningful challenging activity. By way of example of profound outcomes that may be achieved with this client group: in 1994, I took a paraplegic rider to the Riding for the Disabled World Championships in the U.K. During his training and riding experiences, he was told by his doctors that he no longer needed calcium pills to replace his calcium loss from his bones. This was due to the fact that he was now regularly out of the wheelchair and doing a strenuous activity. This increased physical activity had stopped bone degeneration and he was much happier and healthier, as well being physically stronger.
In this lecture I will discuss the benefits of horseback riding for paraplegic riders.