Taking Turns

I recently began the process of getting my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and it is fascinating! Expect the content here on this blog to reflect more of what I am learning and how it can be helpful in therapeutic horseback riding. One interesting tidbit I learned is how taking turns is a precursor to a conversation.

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How to Discipline in Lessons: Clients

Last week I wrote about how to discipline horses in the midst of a lesson. I find disciplining clients to be a bit easier than disciplining horses. The most important piece of discipline is to start with clear boundaries. It is easy to create these boundaries at a therapeutic riding center because the boundaries are based on safety precautions that are necessary around horses.

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How to Discipline in Lessons: Horses

Disciplining horses in the middle of lessons is difficult. As instructors, we don’t want to show our riders negative behavior from us or point out negative behavior in our horses. I believe the best way to discipline a horse is to eliminate the problem through training, stress elimination, and positive reinforcement but that mostly takes place outside of lessons. I want to share how I discipline in lessons, but please know that this is my personal way of doing things and is not meant to be construed as the only way or the best way.

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How to Work on Balance

Horseback riding is all about balance. Staying centered and balanced on the horse makes it easier to stay on if a horse spooks, takes a misstep, or does something unexpected. Balanced riders also keep their horses content. Think of a backpack on your back. If it’s sliding to one side, you are constantly shrugging your shoulder to center the bag. The horse feels the same way with an off-center rider.

In therapeutic riding, many riders struggle with balanced, centered riding so how do we work on it in lessons to make our clients better riders and our horses more content?

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Toys & Equipment

Therapeutic riding is an alternative therapeutic option that uses the horse to provide clients with a unique experience. The bare necessities for therapeutic riding are an instructor, a horse, and a client. However, there are some typical toys and equipment that most therapeutic riding centers (TRC) or places that offer adaptive riding will have.

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