Saddlery - horse equipment adapted to the needs of PRMs

Riding is an area where accessibility is paramount. For people with reduced mobility (PRM), choosing equestrian equipment and adapting some of it is an essential step towards safe, inclusive riding. This choice is not limited to existing equipment, but also involves in-depth consideration of the design and use of equipment specially designed to meet the needs of PRM riders. This equipment transforms the equestrian experience, enabling everyone to enjoy horseback riding to the full.

Introduction to horse equipment for people with reduced mobility

Equitherapy relies on a selection of adapted equipment to guarantee balance, comfort and control for riders with disabilities. This equipment plays an essential role in equestrian practice for all. At the heart of this saddlery are the saddles, surfaixes, bardettes, stirrups, hulls and stirrup leathers from traditional equipment. Some specific equipment has been developed with adaptations such as reinforced support systems with easy-adjustment mechanisms to improve the rider’s stability and control. The choice of equipment should be based on the specific needs of each rider. The reins are also based on a selection adapted for PRMs. Innovations such as sliding-handle reins or graduated reins can help riders with motor disorders, offering better grip and more intuitive use. It’s important to note that when it comes to choosing equipment, two riders with the same pathology may require different equipment, depending on their personal goals and feelings. This personalization underlines the need for an individualized approach to the selection and adaptation of equestrian equipment for PRM riders.

Saddles for PRM riders

Saddles designed for people with reduced mobility (PRM) have special features to improve support and stability. These features include a raised cantle and pommel for better support, leg-holding cleats and handles for easier gripping. Varied models such as Western, Portuguese, Australian and Camargue saddles generally offer better weight distribution and increased stability. Each type of saddle is designed to meet specific needs, enabling PRM riders to find the model best suited to their disability and purpose.

In addition to individual saddles, two-seater saddles are a beneficial option for children, making it easier to accompany them and work on posture. The Hippolib saddle module, with its front and rear adjustment systems and two backrest models, has been specially developed to provide extra support for riders with disabilities. Choosing the right saddle depends largely on the rider’s individual needs. It is essential to consult a healthcare professional to assess support and comfort needs, to ensure that the saddle chosen will provide the best possible equestrian experience for riders with disabilities..

Other specialized equestrian equipment for PRM riders

The surfaix, a wide strap around the horse’s thorax, is fitted with rings and handles, available with double or single handles depending on the user’s gripping ability. Commonly used in acrobatics, the surfaix is also useful for riders with reduced mobility and disabilities, particularly for working on balance and pelvic support. Its versatile and adaptable use makes it essential for a wide range of equestrian activities, providing a good support point for riders.

The reins we offer are designed to fit all sizes thanks to their ability to slide. Equidrive’s colorful pedagogical reins encourage users to take charge of their horse independently. For those with motor difficulties, reins with handles offer an interesting muscular release. They are also available in mono-ech, a particularly useful option for people with hemiplegia. In addition, the use of shells on the stirrups offers additional foot stabilization for people with reduced mobility, while stirrup leathers with stirrup adjustment allow quick and easy adjustment, essential for ensuring comfort and safety when riding.