Today we will be discussing hippotherapy! Kemett does this at RED Arena here in Dripping Springs, TX! He started when he was 2 years old, and rides 1 hour a week. We only have a couple more weeks left and then will take a break for summer.
Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy use the dynamic motion of the horse to impact neurologic and sensory systems. Licensed & PATH Registered Therapists properly position the patient on the horse, analyze the patient’s response and direct the horse’s movement to achieve specific patient treatment goals. This dynamic activity facilitates improved balance, posture, range of motion, mobility, gross and fine motor skills. – Redarena.org
Kemett works in an open arena as well on trails. Pictures below show Kemett on the trails.
Activities Kemett does on his horse:
- Fine motor activities- beading/making bracelets
- Matching animals
- Object manipulation– Kemett is actually doing most of the motion to throw a ball except releasing the ball. They do feel that he knows what is going on and one day he will just pick up a ball and throw it for us! He is so close!
- Going on all fours while horse walks- He gets on all fours, on top of the horse, while it walks for 10+ seconds. It is amazing to watch how much stronger he has gotten with this task over the year!
- Tall Kneeling on horse: He is working on strengthening his core and on transitions as well.
- Reaching for rings
- Laying on Horse
How has it helped Kemett?
When Kemett started in August 2015, he was barely walking and not talking. A month or so into starting, his language exploded! He went from a handful of words to over 100+ in a couple of months. Riding a horse also helps with walking because horses have the same walking cadence that we do as humans. Kemett’s gait has definitely gotten smaller and his hands have come closer to center when he walks. His endurance has increased significantly as well. This year his therapists and school have noticed an increase in his endurance and core strength. I am so proud of Kemett and how hard he works during hippotherapy.
Kemett loves RED Arena and his PT (Who is also the owner and woman of all trades!). He squeels when we drive up and starts talking about what horse he will ride that day. He also talks about his horses while at home, and even has a horse stable he loves to play with.
The staff at RED Arena is so dedicated to what they do, and it is amazing to see people of all ages getting so much out of their services. We are so lucky to have them in our community!
Want to see Kemett Ride?
RED Arena Round UP
June 3, 2017
Dripping Springs Ranch Park
We will know a more accurate time for him to ride when we get closer. If you are interested, let me know!
Please ask us any questions you have about Kemett! Also thank you for your support!