03-16-2009, 09:15 PM
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Ok well with hypotherapy, we like to just use a circingle and saddle pads. Have them sit on the horse and get the movement of the horse. We also try and do some Vaulting if the rider is able to do this. Like side sit, backwards sit just simple things. It helps them with there legs, arms and body basically.
With the whole elders thin, we usually have people from the age of 4 up to 74. Not many older adults, mainly younger kids. It is a very different situation and it also depends on the mobility of the person and how they respond. Some can tap there horses on, steer, keep there feet in the right place and do everything a capable rider can. Others need sidehelpers because they can't either steer, use their legs or really get into riding very well.
We also have them tack there horses up. Though this depends on the capability of the rider. They get there own saddle, girth, saddle pad, reins and they put it all on themselves. (with help from us) The riders who can't do this we do it before hand. They enjoy doing this although some try and con us into helping them or doing it for them. We then tell them that they can do it and laugh along with them.
Another thing is some of them can't talk like me or you can. They can only say a few words so its harder to communicate with them. You have to ask them a few times before the comprehend what your asking. Its actually very fun.
If you need anything else or wanna know anything else just ask =]