The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 4, 2007
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    40,158

    Default Riders with disabilites and organized programs

    I see people looking for organized groups to ride as riders with disabilities.

    I think that there are many advantages to that, especially for those with the more severe disabilities, where their riding is truly basic therapy.

    For so many others, I think that any good instructor can be of help.
    Fifty years ago, before we had any standarization for instruction for therapy with horses, many riding instructors would take on those students and do a very good job of helping them.
    We had a few handicapped riders and we gave them lessons, taking into consideration their limitations.

    I would say that, if someone can't find a registered group today close to where they are, they should just ask local standard riding schools if they teach riders with the disability they have, rather than give up and not ride.
    Who knows, they may eventually have enough clients to start another group.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep. 16, 2002
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    945

    Exclamation

    I think it's an important distinction to make the a riding instructor of any kind would not be providing therapy. Only a licensed therapist can provide therapy-whether the person is on a horse or not.

    A therapeutic riding instructor has had special training in working with riders with disabilities and a "typical" riding instructor may teach riders with disabilities, but may or may not have experience.



  3. #3
    Bluey is offline Schoolmaster Premium Member
    Original Poster
    Join Date
    Jan. 4, 2007
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    40,158

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Karma View Post
    I think it's an important distinction to make the a riding instructor of any kind would not be providing therapy. Only a licensed therapist can provide therapy-whether the person is on a horse or not.

    A therapeutic riding instructor has had special training in working with riders with disabilities and a "typical" riding instructor may teach riders with disabilities, but may or may not have experience.
    That is right, but should not stop some disabled person from riding, just not be considered outright therapy without a therapist, of course.

    Riding alone, without it being directed therapy, is immensely physically helpful to anyone, with or without disabilities.
    Any riding is better than none, for those that can't find an organized therapy group or individual offering that.
    That was my point.



Similar Threads

  1. Riders & Fitness Programs - Survey
    By FlashGordon in forum Off Course
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: Jan. 22, 2011, 05:44 PM
  2. Replies: 63
    Last Post: Sep. 8, 2010, 04:53 AM
  3. Degree programs for riding therapy programs?
    By columbus in forum Equestrians with Disabilities
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Jun. 25, 2010, 04:53 PM
  4. Fitness programs for Dressage riders
    By Rival in forum Dressage
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: May. 15, 2010, 09:49 AM
  5. Spinoff Coaches/Trainers with Disabilites
    By Piaffing in forum Dressage
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: Sep. 8, 2009, 01:52 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness