The Randy Bird Therapy Saddle was developed while keeping the rider, and their safety, at the forefront of design. Just a few of the benefits to the rider when using the Randy Bird Therapy Saddle include:
- The patient receives maximum physical therapy to the lower extremities, via Hipotherapy, while also receiving therapy to the upper extremities
- Hipotherapy, which is one of the most preferred methods of physical therapy, has proven through research that the patients balance equalize while also forcing blood up through the spinal cord in much the same way as walking
- Mental motivation is also a key role in physical therapy, and Hipotherapy via horseback helps encourage a positive attitude that enables the patient (rider) to look beyond his or her handicap
- And of course, let’s not forget the simple pleasure of riding horseback without required assistance
The Randy Bird Therapy Saddle is prided on quality construction, ensuring a product that keeps both rider and horse safe. Crafted from real wood and covered in rugged bull hide, the construction begins with a saddle tree that has been designed to provide maximum comfort and support to the rider’s back. The patient’s back is supported with an extension of the seat, also known as the cantle, and is designed to create a protective and functional method for patients to ride in the saddle without the use of their lower extremities. In order to prevent pressure points on the rider’s back and rear, the saddle’s seating is covered in 3” thick tempered foam. Tempered foam possesses the unique ability to form around the rider’s body like clay, helping to provide maximum protection from injury. In addition to the protective seating the saddle is equipped with a reinforced “belly band” that extends from the cantle across the patient’s midsection, which enables a relaxed and controlled method for riding the horse with unrestricted hand motion. As with any new therapy regimen, it is recommended that the rider perform periodic checks in order to detect any potential irritation so as to avoid injuries such as a pressure point.
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