In order to turn work with a Horse into a valid rehabilitative aid, it is necessary to go through defined and rigid protocol typical of the established social and health framework.
THE PROTOCOL’S OBJECTIVE
Our first objective is the careful diagnostic framing of our subjects, followed by taking on a responsibility, by structuring a personalized project, the periodical verification of results attained along with a progressive adaptation and integration of the type of intervention which can be considered
EDUCATIONAL – SOCIAL/RELATIONAL – THERAPEUTIC.
THE PROTOCOL’S TIME FRAMES The rehabilitation time frames cannot be standardized; they are set up to be intense and protracted with antithetical moments: progressive pushes alternated with those of resistance to the change, progressive and regressive phases. The cadence – like the rhythm of the work being carried out – is defined case by case, along the way, as the course is followed and with specific regard to the subject’s potentialities. From this viewpoint, our INTERVENTION PROTOCOL expects users to take on a responsibility over a protracted period of time, structured within various phases.
PHASES OF THE PROTOCOL
Initial evaluation with a diagnostic overview formulated through: one-to-one talks, family histories, contacts with the subject’s doctor and/or psychotherapist and orthopedic, neurological and psychometric evaluations in correspondence with the subject’s abilities. The Doctor in charge of the Project then establishes a medical chart for each user aimed at the work to be carried out with the horse and the team constructs a Personalized Rehabilitation Plan and included within one of the work areas. Thus, in the stable, with a continual monitoring and calibration of the Rehabilitation Plan, begins
PHASE II OF THE PROTOCOL
this phase is characterized by work involving direct handling, both on horseback and in weekly team meetings.
PHASE III OF THE PROTOCOL
This step is characterized by Clinical Health Checks – periodical control evaluations spaced at 6- to 12-month intervals.
PHASE IV OF THE PROTOCOL
The End-of-Project Evaluations are drawn up, both medical and psychometric. In light of the rehabilitation objectives, work in the field may go through three degrees of complexity, which are applicable according to the pathologies encountered:
- Unstructured Space: chatting, games, the subject’s own spontaneous initiatives.
- Semi-structured Space: in which the type of activity is defined, but participation here is open and unrestrained, from approaching the horse to its handling in the stable and its box.
- Structured Space: in which work is carried out in a specific location within fixed time periods and with certain and increasingly demanding objectives through individual sessions, work as a group, vaulting activities, and carrying out defined and memorized horse riding routes.
Together with field activities, we have the possibility to consolidate the experiences gained by the users through their participation in specific parallel workshops, run by our qualified, as specified in other sections.
psychological/psychiatric area – psycho-neuromotor area – social/relational area – cognitive area – affective disorders area.
Each user may participate in projects within the various areas, depending on his/her actual pathology. However, our aim is – by the end of the course run at our center – that the user will have experimented with the various areas covered so that, thanks to work carried out with the horse, he/she will be able to bring out his/her own autonomy and emotions in his/her everyday life.