Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sitting on Withers to Promote Posture

This little guy had improved posture after riding a few laps in this position. Sitting backwards promotes back extension in response to the horse moving forward. He is bearing weight on his feet and this rather unstable position forces him to work his trunk muscles and balance. He has quite good coordination since he is pulling toys off the bottle (they are attached with velcro) and inserting them inside. I love this bottle. It was one of the goodies given away at a health care conference and the perfect size for little hands. You can't see it in this picture but there is a thin handle on the water bottle to grasp. He is pulling off little plastic frogs.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, author of The Recycling Occupational Therapist


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