THE HIPPONI TEAM
Without the pony, leaders and side-walkers I would not be able to deliver hippotherapy treatments. IT IS A REAL TEAM EFFORT
My side walkers are generally the parent/carer to minimise costs. It is also beneficial when communication can be difficult and gives me an efficient interpreter.
MY LEADERS at the moment are:
They are all experienced horse people most of whom have worked in professional yards. This means that the pony is lead correctly and safely and I have total confidence in their control of the pony, and can therefore concentrate fully on the client.
I train both the parent/carer to sidewalk and the leaders to lead appropriately for Hippotherapy. The child’s balance is often poor therefore care has to be taken that the leading is smooth, even paced and no tight turns!!