Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to prevent a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the participant’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, participants with physical challenges often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. As the participants work on riding skill based goals through different tasks and activities, they can experience emotional benefits, including reduced feelings of depression and anxiety, increased self-esteem, enhanced focus, improved social skills, and a sense of control and connection.