The Inky Dinky Saddle; Helping Disabled Children through Horse Riding
Horse riding is one of the most exciting and enjoyable activities for any child, and crucially, brilliantly, horse riding can offer disabled children a multitude of benefits, both physical and psychological. In this blog, you can learn more about how horse riding for disabled children can be one of the most rewarding exercises with the help of an Inky Dinky Saddle.
At Inky Dinky Saddles, our children's saddles are handmade by expert craftsmen to enable children of all ages and all sizes to enjoy independent horse riding. We are proud to have supplied thousands of handmade children’s saddles since 2006 and amongst our ever-growing pool of happy customers are a great number of fantastic disabled children.
Building Confidence with Inky Dinky Saddles
Without doubt, horse riding is a brilliant medium for children of all ages and all abilities to gain confidence. For disabled children, it could not be clearer. Not only is their feeling comfortable around an animal much larger than they are a fantastic achievement, seating in the specially designed children’s saddle, they can gain greater confidence in being totally independent on the horse. That is because Inky Dinky Saddles are designed in such a way that kids, no matter their age, are secure in their saddle and require no assistance from adults.
Developing Core Strength with Inky Dinky Saddles
For disabled children learning to ride horses with the Inky Dinky Saddle, that joyful development of confidence is by no means the only benefit. Specially designed so that your child will not have to grip with their legs, our saddles for kids enable them to relax and find a good, natural posture.
For children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, there is plentiful research proving the fantastic improvements seen in their core strength, coordination, balance and overall physical health.
Guaranteed Safety in the Saddle
For children with disabilities ranging from blindness to Down’s syndrome a feeling of safety and security is really important to their comfort and happiness. This is exactly what the Inky Dinky Saddles offer. As the pommel and cantle can be curved snugly around the child’s legs they do not move backwards/ forwards or sideways. This also helps the continued development of core strength and posture, something many disabled children struggle with.
One of Many Success Stories
Over the years, we have had the joy of hearing back from parents and carers who have purchased an Inky Dinky Saddle for their disabled child. We wanted to share one with you here. One of our customers was a child whose disability meant he required lots of assistance, such as helping him eat. With an Inky Dinky Saddle, the child was safe and secure to be riding the horse without anyone needing to hold him in position as the horse went along. Over time, motion of the horse increased his core strength and amongst many things he was able to feed himself without help!
We don’t believe that a disability should keep your child from experiencing the joy that comes from horse riding, and the bond that is created between the horse and your child. We are proud to help develop their confidence, independence and to help bring a smile to their face through our range of Inky Dinky Saddles.
As specialists in horse saddles for kids, we are dedicated to providing you with excellent customer service and the best quality horse saddle for your child, to give you peace of mind and help your child develop their riding ability. The Inky Dinky Saddle is available in Leather and Synthetic materials in a range of colours and sizes. To contact us please fill out our online form to get in touch today.