How does one become a rider in CTRH’s programs?
Riders must be at least 2.5 years old to participate in hippotherapy and at least 5 years old to participate in adaptive recreational riding. There is no maximum age restrictions. While no clinical diagnosis is necessary to participate, it is required that participants have a need for our specialized, therapeutic environment.
- Complete the Rider Information and Consent Form and Medical Form and submit them via fax to 844-716-2708 (secure fax) or mail to CTRH.
- Once we have received your completed forms we will contact you to schedule a pre-enrollment visit. A pre-enrollment visit helps us ensure that we can safely accommodate you in our program, recommend the proper class, develop therapeutic goals and create good rider/volunteer/horse teams. Not everyone can be accepted into the program due to safety or physical / medical contraindications.
- Upon acceptance into the program, you may register for classes.
What is the difference between Adaptive Recreational Riding and Hippotherapy?
Adaptive Recreational Riding is taught in group riding lessons by instructors certified by PATH, Intl. Each rider has a volunteer horse leader and up to two volunteer side walkers. Riders with varying types and degrees of disabilities can be as young as four years old and continue through adulthood. The weight limit for riders in recreational riding is 175 pounds. The rider participates in grooming the horse, tacking the horse, mounting, exercises on horseback, an activity related to a skill which is used in a game on horseback, dismounting, untacking, and putting the saddle and saddle pads away. We take full advantage of the work around the horse as a multi-sensory experience.
Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy in which the movement of the horse is utilized by specially trained, certified occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists to address a variety of impairments and limitations with the goal of achieving functional outcomes. Hippotherapy is used with children as young as two years old. Working one-on-one with the rider/patient, the therapist modifies the horse’s movement, thus providing the child with varied physical and sensory input. Volunteers assist as horse leader and side-walker for each rider. Specific riding skills are not taught as they are in adaptive recreational horseback riding, but rather the horse’s movement facilitates active responses and engagement of the child which are intended to affect function. This foundation can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities.
Do riders need to wear anything specific?
Riders must wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Riding helmets are also required, and are provided by CTRH.
If I want to visit CTRH do I need to make an appointment?
YES! We do prefer that a site visit be scheduled in advance, which allows us to arrange for one of our staff members to be available to escort you safely around the property and answer all of your questions. All visitors, riders and volunteers must enter through the offices main door . Please do not enter through the barn area.
Will insurance cover CTRH’s fees?
We suggest that you start by talking directly with your healthcare provider as to whether or not your insurance offers reimbursement. Flexible Spending Accounts, often offered through employers, might reimburse for therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. Please note that CTRH will not bill to insurance companies directly; however, any paperwork you need to file a claim will be provided to you upon request.