Special Needs, Special Horses: A Guide to the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Special Needs, Special Horses: A Guide to the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Special Needs, Special Horses: A Guide to the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Special Needs, Special Horses: A Guide to the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Synopsis

"A growing number of individuals with special needs are discovering the benefits of therapies and activities involving horseback riding. Special Needs, Special Horses, by Naomi Scott, offers information about the amazing results possible with therapeutic riding. From recreational riding for individuals with disabilities, to the competitions some riders enter (and win), Scott describes the various techniques of the process and its benefits to the physically and mentally challenged. The book explores the roles of the instructors, physical therapists, volunteers, and the horses, and explains carriage driving, vaulting, and educational interactions with horses. Scott profiles individuals involved in the therapy, including clients whose special needs arose from intrauterine stroke, cerebral palsy, transverse myelitis, Parkinson's disease, paralysis, sensory integration, multiple sclerosis, shaken baby syndrome, sensory damage, stroke, seizures, hemispherectomy, Down syndrome and autism. Special Needs, Special Horses is an excellent guide for the families of the many who do - or could - enjoy improved lives from therapeutic riding. It will also appeal to practitioners of therapeutic riding as an overview of their profession." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

I highly recommend Special Needs, Special horses for anyone wanting to learn about equine assisted activities, or therapeutic riding. Written in an easy to read format, the author fulfills an informational and educational need that has existed for a long time in the industry. Before this text, those who wanted to know more about equine assisted activities for the emotionally and physically disadvantaged had to consult a number of resources, often getting conflicting or outdated information. The people who assisted the author in preparing the text reads like a who's who in the field of equine assisted activities.

Parents of participants or potential participants will enjoy the descriptions of what happens during a typical riding session. The reluctance of some participants to i006Eitially ride is described, as are the technologies to alleviate the reluctance, and to get them comfortable on the horse. Most important, the author describes the potential benefits for a number of emotional and physical challenges that parents can expect, and the time period to observe the results. It is explained that everyone may not benefit from the therapy. The author describes the desire of most participants to continue this form of therapy/recreation for a much longer period of time than other treatment modalities. Participants in other forms of therapy often lose interest in therapy after three to four years. Some riders have the potential to become independent riders and enjoy riding as a family activity.

For those who are considering a career in the field of equine assisted activities, the text gives an excellent overview of its many facets. The author describes the roles of riding instructors and therapists in typical riding sessions, and presents examples. How physical, occupational, speech, and psychological therapists utilize equine assisted activities as one of their modalities of therapy, how participants respond, and the expected results are also explained.

Current volunteers and those considering volunteer work at a riding center will greatly benefit from Special Needs Special horses. The importance of the role they have in a successful riding session and what . . .

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