Adaptive Horse Riding : Adaptive Horse Riding: Mounting

Adaptive Horse Riding : Adaptive Horse Riding: Mounting


My name is Raeshell Sorensen and I am the
Equestrian Program Manager at the National Ability Center. As you can see, I am standing
on a mounting ramp. Generally this is where a lot of our participants will get on the
horse. We strongly encourage our riders to be as independent as possible so we get as
many mounts from the mounting block as we can but a lot of our riders who are in wheelchairs
or using crutches or anything like that will use our ramp. The horses are trained to walk
up and through right here and line up. Typically for somebody who does not need the assistance
of the mounting ramp, we will mount from a three step mounting block and again we encourage
them to be as independent as possible and generally we will have somebody holding the
horse while they get on and an instructor there to coach them as they get on using the
stirrup to swing their leg over. In comparison to somebody who may be in a wheelchair using
the ramp area we usually have at least three people helping, not four, one on each side
and one in front of the horse. There are a couple different ways it can be done. A lot
of times the instructor will help support the person’s body weight as they stand up
and they’ll sit down hind end first over the saddle and swing their legs up and over the
front of the horse to sit down. Other times we may have to do a full transfer where there
are two people up here lifting the rider up and on to a horse and then spreading the legs
up in front of the horse and then again the horses are all trained to do this and they
have a practice test before they can be admitted into the program and although this is the
most dangerous portion of the riding lesson we have not had an accident here and hope
we never have an accident.

One thought on “Adaptive Horse Riding : Adaptive Horse Riding: Mounting

  1. Hi Rachel
    I am unsure if you will see this message however it is worth a try.
    I have watched many of your videos about your ability centre and found them wonderfully insiteful.
    I am the president of a program much the same as the ability centre, in Australia. We are in the very early stages of development currently.
    I would like to ask your permission to use some of your great videos on our website and in public forums to generate interest, support and understanding.
    Yours sincerely
    Claire

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