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Hippotherapy (Equine Therapy)
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Re: Sensory Integration Disorder
For Equine Therapy, (hippotherapy) I recommend Halleck Creek
Riding Club in Nicasio. It's a no cost program for kids of all
ages with disabilities. It takes about an hour to get there from
Berkeley and is well worth the drive. For more information call
the director, Julie Cassel, at 415-662-2488.
Regarding equine or ''hippotherapy'' - it's great stuff, and
wonderful for kids with sensory issues. Xenophon in Orinda does
a great job. They run from May through October. They usually
have a waiting list, but put your name on it - things can open
up more quickly than you think 925)377-0174. There is also a
program in Nicasio, which is apparently free - I have no idea
what it is like - call Julie, coordinator at 415)662-2488. I
have heard of a program that recently started in the Oakland
Hills (maybe Joaquin Miller?).
Best of luck to you.
I can't answer all your questions, but the equine therapy is
recommended for issues around propriaception. The Parelli
Method of Horse-man-ship (remember the horse
whisperer?) is what is best. We found a wonderful woman
in Patty Millage in El Sobrante, who is studying Parelli, is
training in H.A.N.D.L.E. and has a small ranch with very
gentle horses. Her rates were extremely reasonable, too.
Her number is 223-7249.
I am looking for recommendations for hippotherapy in the Bay
Area (as close to Berkeley as possible) for a 2 year old. My
son has special needs including very low trunk tone and we've
been told that hippotherapy would be great for him. I've
looked at a few websites and made a few calls but would really
like to know if anyone can recommend a good place. And, I would
especially love to know about a place that might also
accommodate my typically developing 4.5 year old. (Seems unfair
that his brother gets to do all the fun stuff!!) Thanks!!
hi. my daughter (now 8 yrs old) started at Xenophon in Orinda
when she was 5 yrs old. She has sensory integration dysfunction
issues, including low trunk tone. she loves hippotherapy, aka
therapeutic riding and it has been great for her on a lot of
levels. Xenophon is a certified hippotherapy center. i believe
that kids need to be 4 or 5 years old to join, and the waiting
list is long ( i think that i waited a year or two).
Unfortuneatly, your child's sib would not be able to ride too.
The program is very labor intensive - 2 sidewalkers
(volunteers), a front walker, the therapy horse and an
instructor are involved. I bring my other daughter to watch and
she plays with some other siblings that are waiting ring-side.
i think that they are listed in information, otherwise, contact
me and i'll get you the information. good luck!
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