Security code during hiporehabilitation
I agree that my child will participate in a therapy and I undertake to adhere to the following rules in order to maximize safety of my child:
You shall always approach a horse with your child with the knowledge of a physiotherapist or horse leader, the same goes for mounting and dismounting from a horse. The child is allowed to access the ramp only with a permission of a physiotherapist.
The child should have non-slip close-fitting clothing and trousers with long legs. In hot weather it is appropriate to ride without shoes for therapeutic reasons. Pay attention to rubber boots, they could easily fall off children's feet when riding a horse. Slippery materials, such as nylon trousers, jackets and unyielding materials are not suitable, as they don't allow contact with horse back - jeans etc.
During the therapy, the child must not be eating a sweet, chewing gum or eating or drinking anything. When it is necessary at a given time, the unit will be interrupted and the child will be taken down from the horse for a required amount of time.
A parent has a right to participate in the therapy. Ideally he or she walks next to the horse at the physiotherapist's side. When it is necessary to position the client, the parent might be asked by the physiotherapist to walk on the other side of the horse and instructed accordingly. The therapist is always responsible for supporting the client during therapy session. When a non-standard situation appears, he or she will solve it. In some cases it is necessary to perform therapy without the presence of a parent. When a parent participates in the therapy, he or she must wear strong closed shoes and suitable clothing.
Wearing a helmet is not suitable for therapeutic reasons (especially for smaller children). That is why it is usually not used in our association, with the exception of older children with perfect control of their head. When you are not sure about using a helmet, please talk to your physiotherapist. When your physiotherapist thinks that using a helmet is suitable for your child, always ask for it at the beginning of the therapy.
During hipotherapy it is necessary to supervise the child at all times and to see that he or she does not disturb the course of the therapy with his or her behavior and does not make the horses nervous. During the whole day it is necessary to obey the rules of the premises and refrain from entering the stables, the riding hall and the roofed hall without permission.
Feeding horses during the day or after a hipotherapeutic unit is possible with permission of the horse trainers.
During hipotherapy you can often meet canistherapy dogs, golden retrievers Jambie and Barny, who you can pet without permission.
Activities using horses
It is prohibited to run and shout in the stable and to disturb the operation of the stable with one's behavior. It is also prohibited to pet and feed unfamiliar horses without the permission of their owners.
Children may enter boxes only after being invited by a physiotherapist who shall be present at all times. In some cases a child might be at a horse only with his or her parent, but only with permission of a physiotherapist or a horse trainer.
Solid footwear is necessary to enter the stables, it is allowed to enter the stables with prams.
At all times, both parents and hiporehabilitation workers are obliged to ensure that the child does not get close to the horse's bottom.
It is necessary to pay attention to unfamiliar horses and riders and to refrain from shouting and running in their presence and from going very close to them.