Tod Mountain Ranch understands riders may need assistance mounting the horse.
Where to go horseback riding
Jenny Schroeder of Mexico’s Rancho Las Cascadas says, “we do not specialize in therapy for hip or knee replacements, however, we do offer a horseback riding program that is geared toward these types of clients.” Their program is the “A La Carte” riding program, which basically means this is a custom tailored horseback riding holiday.
The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana is able to accommodate equestrians of all skill and riding ability levels, including those with special needs. Barn Manager, Val Darlington, is a special needs rider herself and is very experienced in working with riders who have undergone joint replacement surgeries. Darlington encourages private lessons, either in the arena or on trail rides to give them the one-on-one attention they require.
There are many Dude Ranches that cater to horseback riders with special needs. “That is really what a dude ranch does,” according to Executive Director Colleen Hodson of the Dude Ranchers Association. “It caters to the guests specific needs.”
How about you? What are your special needs for your horseback riding vacation? I hope I have provided you with some information on what to expect after hip replacement surgery and where to go on a therapeutic horseback riding holiday.
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Thanks to Gene Kilgore of Ranchweb and Jody Dahl of Top 50 Ranches for getting me in touch with Dude Ranch members for this hip replacement article.