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Hippotherapy in the GNR: a form of proximity to the citizen

By Nuno Afonso

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Hippotherapy In GNR: a form of proximity to the citizen" is a work that shows the solidarity and human side in a security force. The GNR, a centennial security force, unique in the country with solipeds in its organic, profitable this means not only in the fulfillment of its general mission, but also in the support to people with special needs. With this work of Applied Research it was intended to analyze in what form the Hippotherapy is materialized and whether or not it is an added value for GNR. We gathered the opinion of both parties involved in the Hippotherapy, namely the Guardian military who materialized it in the form of interviews, and the institutions that benefit from it, in the form of questionnaires. During the investigation, We have met with extraordinarily motivated and committed military personnel who voluntarily and selflessly go far beyond what is required of them, by making available part of their time to support these people with special needs, with whom they develop a relationship that transcends the teacher relationship -student. On the other hand, the Institutions recognize the selfless contribution of the Guard, by making available human resources, animals, materials and facilities for the practice of Hippotherapy, which they consider to be extremely beneficial from the rehabilitation point of view. However, there are gaps to fill. Simple aspects, but that will certainly make all the difference in the Hippotherapy performed at GNR, Namely the need for harmonization and standardization through the creation of a specific regulation and the implementation of specific training actions on Hippotherapy, which would allow the military to adapt each session to the patient suffering from a specific pathology. Above all, the Hippotherapy developed at GNR has been shown to contribute significantly to improving the quality of life of these people with special needs and, at the same time, to enhance the name of the Guard by projecting, together with the citizens, an image of a human organization, reliable.


Katie Carroll

Date 2012
Pages 127
Publisher Military Academy. Teaching Direction
Language Portuguese
University Military Academy
  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Hippotherapy
  4. Horseback riding
  5. Horseback riding therapy
  6. Horses
  7. Mammals
  8. Military
  9. Therapeutic horsemanship