HORSE RIDING: MUCH MORE THAN A SPORT.

The most beautiful aspect of horse riding is certainly the relationship that is created between horse and rider. A bond based on mutual respect, exchange and collaboration. The disciplines of horse riding are in no way part of a relationship of domination or exploitation of the animal. The horse has always been a tool for man. It was used as a means of transport, for work, in the battlefield and as a steed for great commanders. The nobility of the horse and its pride have elevated this species to a court rank, expression of an aristocratic and court role. Riding schools were born in the 16th century. While the role of the horse changed when motor vehicles took over in the twentieth century. Horse riding has turned into a competitive and sporting discipline also linked to the different traditions from which it derives: English, American or work. From a competitive point of view, horse riding entered the Paris Olympic Games in 1900 with the obstacle jump. Subsequently, other disciplines were introduced such as dressage and suit as both individual and team sport. Initially it was predominantly male. Only in the mid-twentieth century, women began to participate in the Olympic games. The Olympic disciplines of horse riding are: show jumping, full competition, dressage, Doma Classica and Cross Country.To be understood, to truly live and to smile again: where man cannot go, the horse arrives, becoming, as in the case of hippotherapy, a doctor, friend, angel guide for those who need it most.

The horse, in fact, is extremely sensitive to body language and, being a social animal, is very receptive to all types of communication, sometimes not perceptible through a stethoscope. It is able to stimulate intense emotions and sensations, above all thanks to its grandeur and its strength that helps to gain self-awareness, which encourages the desire to discover and know each other and which offers feelings of protection, self-esteem and self-confidence. . In addition, the regular gaits of step and trot help and encourage the rehabilitation of the motor as well as the psychological system. Without getting lost in turns of words or explanations, the horse learns to know us as soon as we relate to it, reads our wounds, relates to them, encodes our movements, does what is simple, but not so obvious: it understands us, without ever having felt the need to tell or explain to us. Disability, as the word itself says, often makes you feel different, abandoned, detached from the world. And it is here that the horse intervenes, which by letting us enter its hemisphere, opens up a sea of ​​possibilities that would otherwise be denied us.

To be understood, to truly live and to smile again: where man cannot go, the horse arrives, becoming, as in the case of hippotherapy, a doctor, friend, angel guide for those who need it most.

The horse, in fact, is extremely sensitive to body language and, being a social animal, is very receptive to all types of communication, sometimes not perceptible through a stethoscope. It is able to stimulate intense emotions and sensations, above all thanks to its grandeur and its strength that helps to gain self-awareness, which encourages the desire to discover and know each other and which offers feelings of protection, self-esteem and self-confidence. . In addition, the regular gaits of step and trot help and encourage the rehabilitation of the motor as well as the psychological system. Without getting lost in turns of words or explanations, the horse learns to know us as soon as we relate to it, reads our wounds, relates to them, encodes our movements, does what is simple, but not so obvious: it understands us, without ever having felt the need to tell or explain to us. Disability, as the word itself says, often makes you feel different, abandoned, detached from the world. And it is here that the horse intervenes, which by letting us enter its hemisphere, opens up a sea of ​​possibilities that would otherwise be denied us.

The horse portrayed in the image is called Peyo and is a very special horse and very famous in France for its particular ability to identify with the pain of the sick in hospital. Accompanied by his master Hassen Bouchakour, he visits the sick in hospitals. The horse is very affectionate and kind to people in difficulty both physically and psychologically. After discovering this gift from Peyo, Hassen takes him every month to visit French hospitals to meet the patients of the various facilities to give them comfort. doctors watched the whole scene. The horse chooses the patients and then pampers them. Its departments are those of geriatrics, paediatrics, Alzheimer’s, psychiatry and palliative care. Peyo is the only specimen in the world, so far to have these skills and can feel even if a person is dying. Once inside the hospital, Peyo chooses who to go to, arrives clean, shaved and disinfected and then starts the ward ride. Then he chooses where to stop and begins to bring relief to patients who sometimes also reduce anxiolytics. Those who witnessed the scene of Peyo putting his head on that of the patient with gentleness and attention said they witnessed a miracle. No patient gets scared.

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Guido Aquilia

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