Mothers of disabled children, Equine (horse) therapy?

Katherine - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Has anyone with a disabled child ever done equine therapy? How did you like it? What were the benefits? Any drawbacks?

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Devin - posted on 12/01/2010

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It is great! My son loves going and he loves the horse he rides. Everyone is really great and I can't think of anything negative. I would have him go everyday if I could. It has helped him a lot.

Shaila - posted on 11/02/2010

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My daughter rides in the summer quiet abit. i didnt know it was good therapy until now. thanks for that. I didnt notice a difference other then instead of slouching like she usually does, she sits start when she is riding. I will ask her if she notices a difference after riding.

Abi - posted on 04/07/2010

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My 3-yr old daughter with Mild CP started hippotherapy last summer. It made huge differences in her posture, gait and flexibility. Each time she rides the horse she moves her hips differently (more correct). It's an amazing therapy....that the child doesn't view as therapy at all. I highly recommend it! We continue therapy once a week with our PT, and it is covered by our insurance.

Jenny - posted on 03/15/2010

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There is a riding stable near me that does the horse therapy for free threw the 4-H. You volunteer your time. They offer it on Saturdays in the Fall and Spring when the weather is warmer and Clare's school does it during the week in Fall and Spring at the same stable.

Lacey - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter did hippotherapy for awhile. Unfortunately, insurance doesn't cover it, or we would still be doing it. I think it's amazing! The connection that the kiddos have w/their horse is awesome, and it really helped loosen up my daughter's legs (spastic quad).

Jenny - posted on 02/19/2010

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We started horse therapy this fall. Clare loved it. She will start again in the spring. Clare lives animals and she was trying to talk to her horse. She is just starting to get vocal and we noticed she is more vocal when she is talking to an animal. She also has balance issues and doesn't feel comfortable being of balance but she did really good up on a horse.

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