Physical Therapy

Physical rehabilitation classes are aimed at riders with impairments affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous system (muscles, bones and nerves). Physical impairments can include muscles with increased tone (spasticity) or decreased tone (weakness), joints that have decreased range of motion (stiff joints), and riders that have difficulty with motor planning and coordination (making their muscles work smoothly together). The physical rehab class uses the input of the horse, and activities and positioning on the horse to help provide various kinds of input. This in turn aids in the increased physical function of the rider.

Riding Requirements

Independent sitting balance, reasonable age-appropriate behavior, ambulation with or without assistance.

Benefits Include

Development of riding skills, increased fitness, coordination, balance, focus, problem solving skills, increased ability to set goals, and an increased sense of accomplishment as independence is acquired.

Goals

  • Increase balance
  • Increase coordination
  • Increase range of motion in joints and limbs
  • Increase postural control
  • Increase righting reaction
  • Increase verbalization
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Increase spatial awareness
  • Increase body awareness

Please check carefully and include the following with your registration: (Registration is on a first come first served basis only).

  • Participants Application
  • Liability Release
  • MANE Physicians Statement
  • Check (made payable to MANE) for $300
  • Mane will not turn down riders due to financial difficulty.  Riders can apply for scholarships if needed.