Healthy Living

Multiple Sclerosis: Walk, Talk, and Learn with Therapy Horses

Now, there are more than 600 riding centers across the US

Hippotherapy was first introduced to the United States back in 1969. The first hippotherapy center was opened in Michigan and since then, the therapeutic approach has grown in popularly, accounting for more than 600 accredited riding centers currently available across the nation. One nonprofit organization that stands out from the crowd is GallopNYC, which was established in 2005.

GallopNYC uses horseback riding therapy to help both children and adults with disabilities to walk, talk, and learn, thereby empowering them to live fully-fulfilled and productive lives. The nonprofit serves 500 riders a week and operates at four different locations across New York City.

Jasmary Alfonso-Andaluz is one of the hundreds of riders at GallopNYC. She has MS, which has forced her to experience chronic pain for years. With the warming help of the gentle horses at GallopNYC, Alfonso-Andaluz has been able to regain her mobility, reduce her pain levels, as well as improve confidence in herself and her body.