Warm- up exercises are a great way to stretch in preparation for a therapeutic riding or hippotherapy session and also work on motor planning skills. Riders may do different stretches in imitation of an instructor or the other riders. This is particularly important when working with a rider with increased muscle tone.
Warm up exercises may include reaching upward, touching near the pony's ears, touching the tail, touching one's own foot with the hand on the same side as the foot and then the opposite side and arm circles.
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Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, author of The Recycling Occupational Therapist