History of Therapeutic Riding

The history of therapeutic riding dates way back to the 1900s. Dame Agnes Hunt founded an orthopedic hospital in England and would take her patients on horse rides. Miss Olive Sands was a physiotherapist in England who created riding programs for injured soldiers during the war. Twenty years later Dame Liz Hartnel was a dressage rider who became paralyzed and continued riding all the way to victory in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. 


There were several other instances of therapeutic riding before many cornerstone organizations were formed. Throughout the world therapeutic riding is seen as one of the best ways to help people develop their abilities. Approximately 60 countries engage in therapeutic riding today. In Canada, PRDA is one of the country’s top equestrian therapy facilities. We serve the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver areas.

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