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Impact of adaptive devices on horses, assisting persons, and riders with cerebral palsy in a therapeutic riding program

By Lana Kaiser, Mathew J. Edick, Katherine Smith Buckler, Camie Heleski, Sherman Gorbis, Bonnie DePue, Liz Lewis, LeeAnn J. Kaiser

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Hypothesis: The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of three different adaptive devices used to facilitate therapeutic horseback riding for riders with cerebral palsy (CP), the horses, and the assisting persons. The study hypothesis was that there is no difference in clinical benefit to the rider; stress or physical saddle pressure to the horse; or the level of exertion required from assisting persons when using any of the three adaptive devices. Population: Individuals with varying disability due to cerebral palsy who participated in a therapeutic horseback riding program at a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center.

Date 2019
Publication Title Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 1-23
ISBN/ISSN 2333-522X
URL https://www.apa-hai.org/human-animal-interaction/haib/download-info/impact-adaptive-devices-on-horses/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Cerebral palsy
  3. open access
  4. peer-reviewed
  5. Therapeutic horsemanship
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  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed