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February 25th, 2008, 07:02 AM
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Has anyone tried therapeutic riding or anything like that? What other fun activities do the kids do that serve a similar purpose?

I am interesed in therapeutic riding for Alexis, but don't know much about it.
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March 10th, 2008, 07:59 PM
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Yes, my son did some therapeutic riding last year! Excellent. He also plays on a special needs baseball team. He loves it.
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March 11th, 2008, 10:22 AM
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Thats good to hear. I am really hoping she would enjoy it.
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March 14th, 2008, 11:05 AM
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Therapeutic riding is an awesome resource! As someone who has extensive knowledge of horses and some knowledge of the therapy programs offered, I know hippotherapy offers a host of benefits to kids, especially kids with impairments. In addition to physical benefits unique to riding, it can be a huge confidence booster for young kids who otherwise don't have a lot of control over their lives and conditions to be on top of a horse. A lot of kids love the feeling of being off the ground, high and powerful. It also encourages kids to tune in and focus attention on the horse because they pretty much have to in order to stay balanced. You can see an explanation of the different benefits, therapies, and certified instructors in your area through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) at www.narha.org

I know from personal experience that my daughter, who has an as-yet-undiagnosed mental disorder (guessing organic brain damage or genetic problem), was like a different kid when being led around on our horse. Her face would absolutely light up! Unfortunately we had to re-home the horse a month ago because the cost of keeping one without our own land is simply outrageous.
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