Therapeutic riding is a medically-sanctioned form of physical therapy and can be doctor-prescribed. For those who are new to Therapeutic Riding, there are two streams.
Therapeutic Riding is taught by Instructors who have passed rigorous training through CANTRA (Canadian Therapy Riding Association, or the American equivalent).These instructors will concentrate on personal engagement through games, strength and flexibility exercises.
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Hippotherapy is a modality, used by Physical and Occupational Therapists who are medically-trained. They understand the biology of the horse and the human, and how to use the mechanics of the horse to pinpoint physiological treatment for the human. They use the warmth, gait and size of the horse to challenge proprioception, core strengthening, stretching, and other special focuses. Read More
In fact, the violin is truly leading the sessions in my Violin and Therapeutic Riding program, partnering with the horse and sparking effective and fun ideas with the Instructors and Therapists. With well-being and better quality of life at the center of my goals, it is really magical seeing my clients change before our very eyes, happy, responsive and moving forward in their development. We have enjoyed sharing this program with international visitors, too.
Do you have a family member who could benefit from the Violin for Wellness™ Violin and Therapeutic Riding program? Click the Facility button below, or if you prefer, contact or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All videos on my website have been released. Violin for Wellness™ Violin and Therapeutic Riding program is in developmental stages at many locations. However, at this time, it is available only at VTEA in Langley.
Letting any facility know you desire to include the violin in your loved one’s program will help make it happen sooner! Therapeutic riding facilities do recognize the value of adding a live music component to their programming so they need to hear from you!
Come and be part of this ground-breaking journey! Join the Violin for Wellness™ Family.
If you are a Riding Instructor interested in knowing more about adding the violin component to your client’s sessions, click the button below.
Violin for Wellness™ is a gateway tool for instructors, therapists and parents! When the arts are involved, all places are better.
Please contact or email me at email@example.com to discuss introducing a program at your facility. Therapeutic riding is the foundation and passion behind Violin for Wellness™, so my website is dedicated to the therapeutic riding community. Your facility will be listed on my Facilities Page with your link, generating more business and broader community outreach.
Carolyn’s Journey to Violin for Wellness™, interview with Alana Taylor
Kherrigan’s Epiphany: using cause and effect to trigger understanding
A client’s mother says:
When my daughter first started Hippotherapy (physiotherapy on a horse), I was thrilled. It quickly became our favourite weekly therapeutic activity. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Carolyn and her violin showed up. Now my daughter rides the horse to beautiful violin music.
In observing both my daughter and other clients, I have seen (and experienced for myself) that Carolyn’s music increases their overall engagement during their Hippotherapy session. Carolyn and her violin music provide another sensory input that truly makes therapy more holistic. I believe the music will continue to help my daughter get the most out of her Hippotherapy sessions, as it provides individualized and dynamic opportunities for auditory feedback, promotes concepts of cause and effect, is a stimulus for improving deep breathing and lung capacity, and adds to an environment a sense of warmth and safety. My daughter thoroughly enjoys hearing the music as well as interacting with it.
Carolyn provides a wonderful complementary service that she willingly customizes for every individual, both young and old. It has been a great addition to my daughter’s therapy! Jillian Bergman Stow, PT, Director of Care, PhysioCare At Home
Greek Visit and Interviews
Atha and Kleopatra, physical therapists from Greece, made the trek to Langley, BC to meet with phyiotherapist and hippotherapy guru Pippa Hodge and Carolyn Cole, professional violinist and educator, where they witnessed hippotherapy and music in action together. Hear what they have to say.