WHY RIDING? How therapeutic riding works: the 3-dimensional movement of a horse at walk
Our summer 2018 campaign is focussed on explaining why riding is a great therapeutic activity. This video, created thanks to a few of our volunteers (human and equine!), shows why our core activities use the 3-dimensional movement of a horse to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes.
Our specially trained physiotherapists use selected horses as mobile therapeutic treatment tools. Did you know….Horses have a 3-dimensional movement and some studies have concluded that sitting on a walking horse replicates the movement of a normal walking pattern in the Rider’s pelvis by 97%. The movement of the horse also generates responses in the Rider that are similar to, and essential for, walking.
Special thanks to volunteer Scott McNeish for putting the video together.
* Please share and help raise awareness of the benefits of riding therapy *
Corn Exchange, Haddington, 09.30am – 2.30pm
Our Summer Fayre is back after a successful first event last year. Lots of stalls and lots of bargains at our family-friendly event.
Bring your friends and family along and enjoy our tasty Cafe, legendary bacon rolls and home-baking, and enter our GIANT HAMPER raffle!
NEW! The Larder – local produce, homemade jams and chutneys – if you are a local producer, and willing to donate some of your produce to our Larder stall, please get in touch, thank you.
Contributions to all our stalls below gratefully received: to donate items please either;
* PHONE 01620 842502
* EMAIL [email protected]
* DROP OFF donations at our Indoor Arena, West Fenton, North Berwick, EH39 5AL
* DELIVER to the Corn Exchange, 13 Court St, Haddington EH41 3DS on Fri 22 June, 9am – 5pm
> ACCESSORIES & CLOTHING (CHILD & ADULT)
> HORSE RIDING CLOTHING (CHILD & ADULT)
> BOOKS (CHILD & ADULT)
> TABLE TOP BRIC-A-BRAC
> NEW! THE LARDER
> TOMBOLA & MRT MERCHANDISE
> HOMEBAKING & CAFÉ
Our annual Summer Show for Horse and Ponies is now open for online entries via Horse Monkey!
Our 2018 Event Sponsor is MacGregor Healthcare Ltd www.macgregorhealthcare.com
Our Summer Show is one of the biggest Horse Shows in East Lothian –
40 Volunteer staff
1 Supreme in Show Trophy !
* Spectators welcome * Cafe * BBQ *
Our Summer Campaign, which runs from May to July, is focussing on raising awareness of Riding Therapy. Find out what makes riding such a great therapeutic activity.
Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy (specialist physiotherapy on horseback) provide multiple life-changing physical, learning, behavioural and social benefits to riders thanks to the movement, warmth and rhythm of the horse. Our Riders are people with a wide range of disabilities and life-affecting conditions, both physical and mental. Our core activities use the three-dimensional movements of a horse to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes. Specially trained physiotherapists use selected horses as mobile therapeutic treatment tools.
Did you know?
Horses have a 3-dimensional movement and some studies have concluded that sitting on a walking horse replicates the movement of a normal walking pattern in the Rider’s pelvis by 97%. The movement of the horse also generates responses in the Rider that are similar to, and essential for, walking.
A world-wide community
There are over 500-member groups of Riding for the Disabled Association in the UK alone. Wider afield, groups operate under the umbrella organisation of Federation of Riding for the Disabled International, and there are many groups offering riding therapy through different organisations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. All these groups of people share a common belief that equine assisted therapy can improve lives in lots of ways.
What makes MRT special?
We are at the forefront of riding therapy in the UK. MRT’s ethos is based on team work; by working together, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, education professionals and our specially trained Volunteers and Ponies we are able to offer Riders the best therapeutic benefit.
Meet our Physios
Our physiotherapists provide specialist child and adult services, and support the training of our volunteer Coaching Team. In 2009, MRT Group physiotherapist Heather Falconer, piloted a successful service between NHS Lothian and MRT. This pioneering partnership became the Therapeutic Riding Service, part of NHS Lothian’s Children’s Physiotherapy Service.