I did not have a side walker all morning- which limited the activities I was willing to do. I feel that it is extremely important to have a side walker and if I don't have one- I focus on transitions to facing sideways and backwards, weaving and half halts while facing forwards, sideways and backwards and trotting while facing forwards and backwards- avoiding quadruped, kneeling and standing on top of the horse which for most children requires two sets of hands.
Riding a horse is of course packed with sensory stimulation, but I also love using sensory toys. A little girl was fascinated with the small motor used for the vibrating pens (with pen point removed). She was able to stand on top of the horse while totally distracted-playing with it. Then for the first time she did squat to stand sequences 4-5 times while reaching for it.
Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist