A survey of therapeutic horseback riding programs
The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore operational, procedural, and managerial techniques utilized in a selected group of existing therapeutic horseback riding programs. Only programs listed in the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association Inc. 1983-1984 Annual Report and Journal were used. From a total of 230 programs listed, 30 were randomly selected. Questionnaires were mailed to directors of these programs to obtain the information needed. A 100% return rate from the 27 currently operating programs was achieved. The median number of students per program was 20 and the mean was 76.4, with mental retardation and cerebral palsy comprising the prevalent handicapping conditions serviced. More than half (59.3%) of the programs surveyed did not have a "certified" riding instructor but an equestrian instructor taught the lessons. Quarter horses and mixed breeds with an average age of 12 years were most utilized. Findings from the two on-site visits were consistent with those obtained from the survey.
Horsemanship -- Therapeutic use
Children with disabilities -- Care