Game: Character Cups

Today’s game is brought to you courtesy of Carrie Capes at HorsePowerTR! Character Cups Supplies Character cups – Target/Walmart sells character cups for various movies and characters.  Run a line of Velcro down one side of the cup so it can stick to a pole. Character Images – Print the 3 character sheets, laminate, cut … Continue reading

What, How, Why, Where

Inspired by an email I received a while ago from a reader inquiring about the… What, How, Why, Where The “What, How, Why and Where” of teaching are used all the time! But more specifically… Use these during the first explanation of a new riding skill: “This is WHAT we are going to learn, HOW … Continue reading

Radio Interview: A Struggle with PTSD

Today I heard a wonderful interview on NPR’s Fresh Air giving insight to PTSD and current treatments. They interview David Morris about his book “The Evil Hours” and experiences it is based on. He was a journalist embedded with troops in Iraq, and almost died when his Humvee ran over a roadside bomb. His book … Continue reading

The Impact of Horse Movement and Handling on the Rider

The following notes are from the 2014 PATH Intl Conference seminar “The Effects of Equine Handling on the Biomechanics of Mounted Human Subjects” given by Celia Bower, PT, HPCS, and Margo Dewkett, Master Instructor, of Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East TX, who has been utilizing hippotherapy for 10 years active in researching efforts to validate equine movement … Continue reading

Teaching Tips: Social Stories

Social Stories What A “Social Story” is a story used to model appropriate social interaction by describing a situation with relevant social cues, other’s perspectives, and a suggested appropriate response. Why Helps teach students routines, expectations, and behavioral standards in an alternative format (story, visual, etc.) Can be personalized to individual behavioral intervention Particularly helpful/popular … Continue reading

2014 State of the Blog Report

Belated Happy New Year! One of my favorite part of New Years is the “Annual Report” WordPress sends me about this blog, because I love seeing all the different places people read from. It’s encouraging to know that even thought this planet is so big and often hard to live on, there are other people all over … Continue reading

Adaptations and Teaching Techniques for Riders with Severe Disabilities, Part 6: Example Riders, Cont.

Adaptations and Teaching Techniques for Riders with Severe Disabilities, Part 6: Example Riders, Cont. Rider #3 Rider Info Age: 9 Gender: Male Diagnosis: Mitochondrial Ecephalmyopathy Mitochondrial Ecephalmyopathy is a condition caused by mutations in the genes in mitochondrial DNA, affecting the brain and nervous system (“encephalo”) and muscles (“myopathy”). It can cause muscle weakness, exercise intolerance, hearing loss, … Continue reading

Adaptations and Teaching Techniques for Riders with Severe Disabilities, Part 5: Example Riders

Adaptations and Teaching Techniques for Riders with Severe Disabilities, Part 5: Example Riders Rider #1 Much thanks to my coworker Annie Cornette from PALS for writing the following about one of our riders with whom she has had much success. Rider Info Age: 13 Gender: Female Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy (spastic) Additional details/conditions: increased spasticity in the lower and … Continue reading