I work with a group of riders with both physical and learning difficulties; some of these are severe – Down’s syndrome, Rubenstein Tasi syndrome, microsephalis, cerebral palsy, autistic spectrum disorder, osteoporosis.
One of the benefits of riding as a therapy is the movement through the rider’s spine caused by the movement of the horse. Understanding that the horse must also move freely is therefore important in order to enhance the beneficial effects to the rider.
Because all those in our therapy group are adult riders who are very much more unbalanced and one sided than is normal, I have had real concerns regarding the discomfort that can be caused to the therapy horse by this type of work if the saddle is not an optimum fit.
I am pleased to be involved with the work of the trust and look forward to applying our knowledge in the important field of riding therapy – for the welfare of the horses and the well-being of the riders.