Our primary concern is to provide a safe, productive experience for all clients. Included in this is the wish to “do no harm.” Recognizing that horse-related activities do hold inherent risks, we need to assess client participation with a “Risk/Benefit” analysis. The essential question for all clients is, “Will the benefit of the therapeutic riding activity outweigh the risk?” This question must be answered with consensus by the entire therapeutic riding team and is re-evaluated prior to each session—client, parent/guardian, riding instructor, therapist(s), educator, and physician.
The following conditions are contraindicative to participation in therapeutic riding and include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal Instability
- Osteogenesis Imperfecta
- Indwelling catheters
- Coxa Arthrosis
- Atlantoaxial Instability
Each ROSL therapy horse or pony has a weight limit per rider which is taken into consideration for every client. Therefore, we may not be able to accommodate some individuals, or may not continue to serve some clients due to weight.