Horse riding could be beneficial for motor dysfunction

In a special virtual issue they collated research articles and commentaries on horse riding as therapy for people with motor dysfunction, such as cerebral palsy, or communication and cognitive difficulties such as autism.

The field includes hippotherapy, in which therapists use characteristic movements of the horse as a tool to improve patient function, and therapeutic horse riding, where specific riding skills and interaction with horses are taught by non-therapists.

Conclusions about functional gains have been tentative and more research was needed, the editors said.