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What is a good age to start Therapeutic Horse Riding?
Any age from 2 years old. Remember it is never too late to start.
Do we need our own equipment?
A pair of wellington boots is recommended but not absolutely necessary. We have all other equipment available at the yard for you to use for your lesson.
Is Therapeutic Horse Riding safe?
While there are always some risks involved every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of clients. There are side walkers who help to stabilise the child and the horse is matched to the rider’s ability level. For most children with disabilities the benefits of therapeutic riding far outweigh the risks.
Are there any restrictions in terms of disability?
The only restriction we have is painful hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia which is not painful is absolutely fine.
What equipment do you use?
We use a vaulting roller with handles for therapeutic riding lessons instead of a saddle. The child wears a belt which has handles for the coach to stabilise the child without touching them.
How long does a session last?
A session lasts anywhere between 30-40 minutes depending on the age and ability of the child. The sessions may be a bit shorter for younger children or when starting off to avoid overtiring the child.
Can I walk around with the coach during my child's lesson?
Yes, you are welcome to walk along with the coach although a little distance away. If you have other children with you they also need to be supervised.
Can I bring my other children?
Yes, we welcome the whole family although children need to be supervised at all times.
Can I claim back the cost of the therapy?
Tax rebate for Therapy costs can be claimed back at the end of the year on the Med 1 form. We advise you to have a referral letter from your GP or specialist for your records in case of a spot check by revenue.