In fact, in Verona, in the spaces of Corte Molon, the operational phase of the Riding the blue project begins. Born from the collaboration between Veronafiere, the Verona Integrated University Hospital and the 9 Scaligera Local Social-Health Unit, Riding the blue aims to study and enhance the benefits of hippotherapy in children suffering from autism spectrum disorder.
Until September, the Horse Valley amateur sports association of Corte Molon, with a professional team specialized in assisted interventions with the horse, will welcome 15 boys, selected by Dr. Leonardo Zoccante, professor at the Integrated University Hospital of Verona and responsible for Riding the Blue. The young people, chosen according to their clinical history, will spend an hour a week in contact with the horses of the riding school for six months. Leading and using reins are just some of the exercises proposed, all with multiple benefits. To assess the effectiveness of these activities, the children will undergo a series of tests: one at the beginning of the course, one in the middle and one at the end of the program.
The research results, which foresee an improvement in the participants of the functioning in different areas of adaptive behavior, an increase in motor coordination and sensory processing ability with effects on daily life, will then be presented at Fieracavalli 2020, scheduled from 5th to 8th and from 13 to 15 November.