Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Fran Lange, a Neuro-Rehabilitation Physical Therapist and volunteer with Stride taught us the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.

Stride is a non-profit organization formed to provide therapeutic riding opportunities in South-central Alaska. Their goal is to make each student as independent as possible.

Physical benefits of horseback riding include whole-body strengthening, motor endurance, and stretching of tight muscles. Horseback riding facilitates balance recovery skills, and the girth of the horse eases spasticity, while the motion of the horse increases coordination. The rhythmic pattern of a horse walking is the same as a human gait so it stimulates the human gait.

Additional benefits include social interaction, improved self-esteem, emotional satisfaction and stress reduction. Participants who have difficulty adapting to everyday situations find comfort and riding instills a sense of accomplishment.
Stride is a non-profit organization formed to provide therapeutic riding opportunities in Southcentral Alaska

Stride is currently hosted in EKG Stables in Chugiak, Alaska and they are in the process of building a permanent home in the Mat-Su Valley.

Stride is an NARHA certified program, to find an NARHA center in your area, click here.

Are you a horseback rider? Have you ever tried thereapeutic horseback riding?


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. Linda,

    I can see your passion in every page of yours.
    I don’t really know anyone in person that has MS. Yet I know of people who do. I want to express how I am inspired by what you have put together on this post and others that I just took a quick glanced at. The information is of a great value to those who are seeking solutions.
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    Blessing to you.
    Sigal Zoldan
    Clinical Hypnotherapist & Master Results Coach

    • Sigal,
      I thank you for all the complements! And thank you for spreading the word, one of the greatest needs of people with MS is information!

  2. Fascinating information. I had actually heard about providing therapeutic horseback riding for children with ADD and autism but not MS. The brief video interview explains how it can help with muscle dev etc. You are definitely doing a great job of pulling together many resources and some perspectives we might not have previously considered. Thanks.

    • Richard,
      I had ‘heard’ that horseback riding was ‘good’ for us, but until I heard Fran, I didn’t understand really how much it helps! I look forward to Stride moving out here, 15 minutes away!

  3. Linda,
    Thanks for another inspirational post. Connecting to animals is so therapeutic, whether we ride them or walk them or just love them. There’s an entire modality of “equine therapy” where horses are used to help people move through their psychological blocks. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

    • Dr. Sheck,
      I am amazed at the benefits the animals bring into our lives. I was reading about ‘equine therapy’ as I was writing this post. Being raised in the city, I had little knowledge about horses! It’s very exciting and I look forward to taking part in Stride when they move out to the Mat-Su valley!

  4. What an informative post! I love your writing! Cheers.

  5. This is something that I didn’t realize! I’m excited for “Stride” to move closer to me!

  6. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.

  7. Travis,
    Thank you for saying so! I’m learning and it looks like you’d be a great teacher!

  8. Hello! I am helping a terribly underfunded horse rescue/shelter, Begin Again Farms, in Ellerslie, Ga, raise money. Would you help us out by sharing our link with your readers?
    The horses and I thank you! πŸ™‚

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  10. this blog is really helpful because it tell us total benefits of horse riding.Many people think that horse riding is only a activity for entertainment.

    • I look forward to knowing your name! You are so right, until I attended this class I was one of them! I thought horseback riding was only for fun!

  11. Horse back riding is very beneficial for our health.It helps in reduce the muscles pain because it helps in doing body exercise.

    • Gudiya,
      I have never done therapeutic horse back riding. This spring the organization is moving out here in the Valley and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  12. I love horseback Riding club, I am very happy to visit your blog. I don’t know how much horseback riding is useful. I am learned from Winding Hill Riding Club. They provide awesome lessons and training.

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