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Moderator 1
Oct. 5, 2009, 12:56 PM
Welcome to the new Riding with Disabilities forum!

The name of the forum may be subject to change, but we wanted to provide a place for the exchange of ideas, recommendations and support for equestrians who face the unique challenges of physical or mental disability when riding, are involved with therapeutic riding programs, or who are returning to the saddle while recovering from serious illness or injury.

The forum is malleable to suit your needs, so please take advantage of this opportunity to communicate and network with others.

We may establish more guidelines for this forum if it becomes necessary, but as a start:

Please be advised that any medical advice dispensed in this forum is the OPINION of the poster providing it. As with anything posted here, the Chronicle of the Horse magazine and its affiliates are not responsible for the comments in this forum and individuals should seek proper medical attention for any problems they may be experiencing.

That being said, it's understandable that in the course of discussion of physical or mental issues that affect a person's ability to ride, there will be references to related courses of treatment, rehab methods, etc.

This forum shouldn't be used as a avenue for discussing general medical issues, but you are welcome to ask for input or give advice re: overcoming or handling these specific issues or symptoms as they DIRECTLY RELATE to riding.

We want to keep the focus away from becoming a "Human Care" health forum, a la our existing "Horse Care," as there are lots of existing sites that focus on human medical issues. We want to keep our focus here on addressing aspects if these issues that are unique to our equestrian community.

So, chat about your therapeutic riding program and techniques that have worked for your students, share a tack modification tip that helped you overcome a problem, give trainer recommendations, etc.

Have fun and please let us know of ways you think we could improve the forum. Also, if there are existing threads you think would be a great fit here, please send us a link or an alert (by clicking on the triangular exclamation point icon in the upper right corner of a post in that thread), so that we can move them over.

Thanks and enjoy!
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Tamara in TN
Oct. 5, 2009, 01:06 PM
what a very nice idea!!

best

Moderator 1
Oct. 5, 2009, 01:17 PM
Also, thanks to whicker, Invite and DressageGeek for their suggestions and input!

twofatponies
Oct. 5, 2009, 01:25 PM
Cool. Does it include riding while in a temporary situation of disability, such as recovering from injuries or illnesses that might require modifications of riding technique or equipment?

Moderator 1
Oct. 5, 2009, 01:29 PM
Cool. Does it include riding while in a temporary situation of disability, such as recovering from injuries or illnesses that might require modifications of riding technique or equipment?

Absolutely! As long as the post isn't very general or focused on general medical/treatment advice, like "I have a splinter and it hurts. Should I put Neosporin on it?" ;)

Tack/riding modifications are exactly the type of issues we had in mind for those recovering from injury/illness.

Thanks for the question!

ChocoMare
Oct. 5, 2009, 01:39 PM
How cool! :cool:

You guys rock!!!

Rubyfree
Oct. 5, 2009, 01:46 PM
How cool. I'm very interested in learning more about riding's therapeutic benefits. Thanks mods!

whicker
Oct. 5, 2009, 01:51 PM
I am bouncing around the computer with glee! Invite will be so excited to hear this!:D

KLS
Oct. 5, 2009, 05:21 PM
very, very jazzed about this! I just hope it gets and keeps enough interest to stay afloat...but that shouldn't be hard.

Bluey
Oct. 5, 2009, 05:29 PM
Thanks!

As we get older, some of us have problems that may handicap our riding.
What a neat way to see what others do to keep riding with those problems.:cool:

BasqueMom
Oct. 5, 2009, 10:21 PM
Great idea!

mtngirl
Oct. 5, 2009, 10:30 PM
Awesome...will be easier to search for opinions/experiences under this heading. Thanks!

Tiffany01
Oct. 6, 2009, 07:02 PM
I have a learning disabitly does that count??

Wayside
Oct. 6, 2009, 08:21 PM
I have a learning disabitly does that count??

I would think so. A friend of mine has a child with severe ADHD, and I know they had challenges with things like memorizing showmanship patterns as a result. And I think they actually got permission for him to use a "reader" for his pattern from 4-H.

Ashemont
Oct. 8, 2009, 12:10 AM
What about those of us who are physically challenged and so DRIVE??? Can the title be changed to include riders AND drivers?

DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho"
Oct. 8, 2009, 03:38 AM
Good point! We tried to come up with ideas that would be inclusive but descriptive...not so easy!

whicker
Oct. 8, 2009, 12:56 PM
Of course you should be included!

I haven't driven in a long time, but I still have a Canadian Cutter sleigh up in the loft of my barn,:lol: My grandparents courted in a sleigh and my grandfather trained his horse so he could turn the sleigh over in a snowbank and have an excuse to hold my grandmother!

I have a mini that is a candidate for driving, but I don't know how to keep the shock from the bouncing cart from zapping my back. I have to drive on fields as the roads aren't safe. It would be great if he could at least pull the muck cart or the kids sled up the hill when it snows.:winkgrin:

IronwoodFarm
Oct. 8, 2009, 02:01 PM
This is a great idea, but I highly recommend that it not just be riding. A number of people too disabled to RIDE can DRIVE. I work with a vrey gifted paraplegic driver. He'll never ride a horse again, but he can beat the able-bodied in an open show and he will start competing at CDE's next year. So I encourage a broader topic area.

Moderator 1
Oct. 8, 2009, 02:21 PM
Absolutely, discussion of driving is welcomed!

As we said before, we're happy to tweak the title, but in the meantime, we wanted to get the forum rolling instead of holding off while we figured out the perfect title. :)

It's good to hear of your concerns to point out ways to reword it.

Thanks!
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baymare
Oct. 8, 2009, 02:54 PM
This is an excellent addition to the Boards. I hope that this particular forum can also serve as a venue for exchange of info between those of us who run therapeutic programs. There is no such thing as too much support or too many sources of help and information!

whicker
Oct. 10, 2009, 12:59 PM
It was the original purpose of starting this forum to exchange any information, encouragement, guidance and creative ideas that will help us. If you look at the forum now, we have programs that are starting find each other. DressageGeek and EquineArtworks are encouraging specialhorses and programs that will give us a place to look for horses that can do therapy/para work. We need to learn the training to make a different system of cues and adaptations. We need sources for equipment.

Let your mind explore what you always wanted to have or know. If you don't ask, no one will answer. If you ask, we will look for answers. Be part of the energy of change and hope!

jmerryl
Oct. 12, 2009, 10:38 AM
I have heard once that sports where animals are included improve a lot when it comes to healing processes and disabilities. I think it is a good idea, for someone with a disability (and for someone without as well) to take lessons in riding a horse because it doesn't only improve the character but also the healing process and it is very good for one's soul :)

FlightCheck
Oct. 13, 2009, 01:12 PM
This is a GREAT idea...thank you

wacs49
Oct. 21, 2009, 08:27 PM
i'm glad to find you-i'm new-and having trouble figuring out how to search and how to start a new thread

i am dealing with a fractured pelvis (me-not horse)

i googled and know somewhere on here there is a tread but haven't found it yet

i'll keep trying and will check back here if anyone has time to help

Moderator 1
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:11 AM
Just a note to let everyone know we changed the forum title to "Horsemen with Disabilities" to ensure that everyone knows this forum is open to riders, drivers, folks who work with horses on the ground, etc. Again, it may not be the perfect title, but we wanted to be clear that the forum definitely included all of the above!

Welcome to the Chronicle forums wacs49! I saw that you'd found the previous thread about broken pelvises, so we moved that thread over to this forum, which didn't exist when that thread was started.

It's great to add your experiences and questions on to an existing thread on the same topic, but if you ever do want to start a new thread, just click on the "new thread" button. It's on the left side of the page, at the top of the list of existing threads in a given forum.

If you have any other questions about how the forums works, you can send me a private message (just click on my username and select "send a private message") or post a question in the "Help" forum.

Best wishes on your road to recovery and welcome aboard!
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Bluey
Oct. 22, 2009, 02:18 PM
Neat name change, the new one is sure fine.:cool:

DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho"
Dec. 2, 2009, 07:42 PM
ditto!

LAFay92
Aug. 8, 2010, 01:11 AM
Has anybody heard of Pegasus Therapeutic Riding? I used to volunteer there. It's a riding stable where the stable is specifically for people with disabilities, whether they be physical, mental, psychological or emotional. I think most of the horses are donated, the workers are almost all volunteers and I think it's nonprofit. The people and horses there are miracle workers. Please check it out!