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The first study of the value of riding as therapy is found in 1875, but even in ancient Greece the therapeutic value of riding for people with a variety of disabilities was understood. It began to take hold in North America after Lis Hartel, a dressage rider from Denmark, took the silver medal in Grand Prix dressage at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki despite being physically impaired by polio. Medical and equine professionals soon began to implement programs for riding as a form of physical therapy.
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