Trot down center line to Halt at X

This was a fun simple lesson I taught the other day, that I want to share with you, as well as a little breakthrough. This rider  is independent enough to get her horse ready and mount on her own, but consistently gets in the arena late and takes half the lesson to settle in to … Continue reading

Fun Video Friday: How horses eat their food

Every so often on Friday I post some video I find funny or interesting, and that probably has nothing to do with Therapeutic Riding except that it makes you smile, and smiling is therapeutic. Recognize anyone from your herd? Have a great weekend! **************************

Riders with Autism Part 5 – Communication Techniques

This may be a little repetitive from the last post and others this year, but I think it’s nice to have it all in one place as it relates to riders with Autism. Enjoy! Riders with Autism Part 5 – Communication Techniques Communication Concepts First off, let’s understand a little about communication and how it … Continue reading

Riders with Autism Part 4 – Teaching Techniques

Now that you’ve got some resources for your lesson plan, here are some resources for teaching techniques on interacting with riders and dealing with specific behaviors. Again, most of this info is from Susan McDowell’s seminar “TOOLS from the AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS SURVIVAL KIT,” and Claudine Pelletier-Milet’s book Riding on the Autism Spectrum. Riders with Autism Part 4 … Continue reading

Riders with Autism Part 3 – Lesson Planning & Activities

Time to talk about the actual lesson! All of these are ideas – you don’t have to do them, they’re just possibilities for what might work with your rider. All these ideas are compiled from the resources listed at the end of the post. In formal essays you should give credit for ideas and quotes, but I … Continue reading

Riders with Autism Part 2 – Preparation

Preparation As with any rider, you want to prepare your lesson and interactions to set them up for success. This includes: Knowing the Precautions & Contraindications Researching the Rider Planning the Lesson Environment Having the Right Perspective Precautions & Contraindications First thing it to know the precautions and contraindications for Autism from the PATH Intl … Continue reading

Fun Video Friday: Ahead of and Behind the Motion

This nice little video is from a blog post by CK Training/Callie called “Are you “Ahead of” or “Behind” the Motion when you ride horses?”. It offers a good visual example of what this looks like, and what causes it. I think it will be helpful for newer instructors. Enjoy! **************** Note: This is not professional … Continue reading