Therapeutic Riding for individuals who have Mild Disabilities
(Individuals that are able to sit on horse independently - without being physically supported)
These can include but not limited to individuals with:
Learning Difficulties, Developmental Delay, Downs Syndrome, Sight and speech impairments, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Asperger’s, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Arthritis.
Here at Headway Equestrian we aim to cater to your individual needs. Please contact us at Headway Equestrian to see Therapeutic Riding is right for you or your child.
Therapeutic Riding/Hippotherapy (Individual sessions)
An Occupational Therapy Assessment will be carried out with the individual. Their family are included when required. Here session goals will set. The individual's goals are the focus of each Occupational Therapy session. The aim is to make improvements in the ability of the individual to carry out their everyday occupations. The techniques and movements used during the session will incorporate Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding methods to best suit the individuals needs.
Hippotherapy "Hippos", meaning horse in Greek, is the medical application of the horse in therapy. It is commonly used around the world by health professionals with the relevant training ensuring that it is practiced safely and competently. The movement pattern of the horse simulates that of the human gait. Its this unique multi-dimensional, variable, rhythmic and repetitive action that directly influences the individual sitting astride, who in turn passively responds to and interacts with this movement.
Hippotherapy is a medically based treatment tool, whereas Therapeutic Riding involves teaching people with disabilities equestrian skills.
Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding naturally provides an integrated, multi-sensory experience and can also be modified to enhance or decrease certain types of sensory stimulation.
Carefully graded motor and sensory input is provided to achieve occupational based therapy goals for individuals with neuro-motor, sensory/functional limitations and developmental learning difficulties.
The movement of the horse provides strong sensory input in the context of a meaningful and enjoyable activity. The sessions also improve personal confidence, self-esteem, communication and interpersonal skills and trust. (Refer Benefits page)
Sessions can include catching the horse, grooming, tacking up, riding, ground work/trust building, horse management and more.
Therapeutic Riding sessions with a Registered Occupational Therapist
Private sessions: Eight week term sessions (advanced payment):
15 minutes $30.00 $220.00
30 minutes $50.00 $360.00
40 minutes $60.00 $440.00
60 minutes $75.00 $540.00
Siblings 2 riders at 30 minutes $80.00 (One child/individual must be Therapeutic Rider)
Siblings 2 riders at 40 minutes $100.00 (One child/individual must be Therapeutic Rider)
Mother and Child session can be arranged (Conditions apply please contact us for more information)
On the horse can be done in two 30 minute sessions or one 60 minute session $100.00
An assessment is completed during the first session prior to the term and at the conclusion of every term. During the assessments, goals will be set and session and activity plans which are individualised to suit the clients needs are completed
Helmets must be worn during all sessions and back protectors are available and to be used unless consent is gained by Occupational Therapist to not wear.
For more information about our services or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. (Refer Contact page)