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How Bare Back Pad Helps the Riders with Cerebral Palsy to Relax Their Hips and Knees during a Therapeutic Riding Session Research Project

This Research Project was conducted by Anna Nowicka.

INTRODUCTION

Therapeutic riding has been beneficial for riders with physical, mental and sensory processing difficulties for very many years. The equipment that is used in TR sessions may vary. The most popular would be a roller and a saddle. In many countries bare back riding would be quite common for this type of therapy.

Bare back pad is one of the options as well. It’s safe, comfortable, and beneficial for the riders.

THE SUBJECT OF THE RESEARCH

In my research I’d like to show how riders with spasticity/stiffness in their legs benefit from horse riding using the bare back pad. 3 teenage riders with cerebral palsy agreed to take part in the research. I took pictures of their legs at the beginning and at the end of each 30 minutes session and compare the angle of their hips and knees.

RESULTS

3 teenage riders with cerebral palsy were riding with the bare back pad for 2 months (30 minute session once a week or every second week). Each time their legs relaxed and their hips loosened.

CONCLUSION

The bare back pad is a useful tool that can be used in TR session (alongside the roller and the saddle). It is comfortable for the horse and the rider.  All the angles of the riders’ hips and knees increased (the numbers show it and we can see visually that the legs are more relax at the end of the session).  The stretch is important to prevent joint pain and deformation

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How Bare Back Pad Helps the Riders with Cerebral Palsy to Relax Their Hips and Knees during a Therapeutic Riding Session Research Project