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    02-25-2009, 08:43 PM
Yeah its quite pricey but its worth the money and it looks like good quality.
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    02-25-2009, 08:47 PM
With therapeutic riding, generally you have one person leading the horse, and two people, one on either side, stabilizing the rider. With quadripalegics, it gets very tiring very quickly. Having some sort of system like this is really neat, and a great development in my personal opinion.
I do hope they have safety mechanisms in place, something like a safety release.... like I said, as long as people are careful about which horses they use.. I don't see a problem :)
    02-25-2009, 09:07 PM
I agree with JustDressageIt. Where I volunteer some riders need two sidewalkers and you may have to hold onto a belt they wear. It is very tiring. This would be great, but not very cost effective for most centers. I think it's meant more for experienced riders who need something to hold them in. For example, a rider who lost a leg or two in an accident but still wishes to ride.
    02-25-2009, 09:17 PM
Yeah, I just want to make sure you guys know Im not bagging it or anything I was just woundering if it would be safe. Its a really good idea, and it looks quite comfy.
    02-26-2009, 08:56 AM
I wonder what will happen if the horse will bolt or buck or rear. If there is a "quick release" there than I'm fine. It's VERY expensive though!
    02-26-2009, 09:04 AM
I volunteered at a therapeutic barn when I was in college, and they had several similar supports. It was great for a disabled child, but they were always being led around at the walk with someone on either side. Speaking of disabilities, you guys HAVE to check out Home Page. She is a local 10 year old girl who only has one arm, and she is AMAZING!!! I personally don't consider her disabled, lol. She goes to shows and wipes the floor with some of the non-disabled older riders. That is raw talent.
    02-26-2009, 10:09 AM
We have/had an older man who rode his horse in one of these. They used his pickup truck as a mounting block (it had a lift), and he came out of his wheelchair onto his horse. Then, he runs barrels, poles, plug.. and he's pretty quick :) He looks like he is enjoying his life to the fullest, up on his horse!
    02-26-2009, 12:53 PM
Oh man, if I'm still riding at an old age and require one of these... I'm all for it. I just won't be riding crazies anymore... haha

Wendy - that little girl is amazing!!
    02-26-2009, 04:35 PM
The riders that I knew who used a saddle like the one posted never used side walkers. They showed in regular walk, trot, and canter classes. I will add that both horses were super broke. I never once saw them take a miss-step. Both of these riders also did showmanship from their electric wheelchairs.
    02-26-2009, 04:39 PM
Tell em about it JDI! I've been following her riding career for about 5 years. She's awesome. She's going to be at the HArrisburg, Pa horse expo for anyone who is near! I love watching her do bridleless/saddleless work!

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