ERIC Number: ED382574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Process of Teaching Therapeutic Horseback Riding.
Therapeutic horseback riding for persons with disabilities provides physical, mental, social, and emotional benefits. Most research in this area has focused on the product or benefits of therapeutic riding, while the process of teaching horseback riding has received little attention. Research from the fields of regular education, special education, physical education, and adapted physical education is reviewed and applied to the process of teaching therapeutic horseback riding. A survey of 17 therapeutic horseback riding instructors and 22 riding instruction evaluators is reported, revealing that instructors tended to view therapeutic riding instruction as an art and evaluators tended to view therapeutic riding instruction as a profession, and that instructors need to improve their skills in order to improve effectiveness. Ratings of instructional skills of riding instructors indicated that safety was rated as the most important skill by both instructors and evaluators, and modifying instruction to accommodate student needs was second, with other rankings varying between the two groups. A review of equestrian books containing information for horseback riding instructors demonstrated only a cursory review of riding instructor qualities. The therapeutic riding industry is urged to take up the challenge to identify meaningful relationships between effective teaching and student learning. (Contains 28 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: This paper includes information presented at the Annual Conference of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (Lexington, KY, November 14, 1993).