and barrettes –
Clips, clothespins, and barrettes are great tools to use in lessons!
For exercises you can have the rider put them on their horse’s mane or on the saddle pad, then take them back off. Here is a picture of clips in a mini’s mane (imagine it on a bigger scale with a rider and that’s what it looks like in a therapeutic riding lesson, minus the sunglasses and boa). It encourages stretching and the use of fine motor skills. If the rider has a hard time using their fingers, this may take a while. In such a case only plan on using 2-4 clips.
You can also put clothespins on the rider’s pockets to encourage correct direct rein steering. Here I had a rider who kept bringing one reins down to her knee and other across her horse’s neck. So I put clips on her pockets to bring her steering hand toward, and a clip on the horse’s crest for a visual not to let the non-steering hand cross over. It helped tremendously!
What do you use clips for?
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgment!