There doesn´t exist yet a saddle which is mainly designed for therapeutic riding. What the therapist do nowadays is, that they use either normal saddles and add different devices with screws on, or they use a vaulting girth. Both of them are not the ideal solution and a saddle designed for therapeutic riding is needed. The goals were, to design a saddle where the child sits safer on the horse and the exercises can be done smooth, the therapist should have a stressfree job and the horse should feel comfortable through the entire therapy session.
Inspiration and Method
eQu was strongly based on feedback of therapists and testing mock ups on real horses and children. For the research there was the focus on the children and also on the well being of the horse. That´s why it was important to talk to saddlers, veterinaries and to therapeutic riding centers.
Improvements for the rider:
eQu gives the rider a safer seat on the horseback and brings the legs as close as possible to the horse, the warm temperature of the horse will go into the legs of the rider and relaxes the spastic muscles.
Improvements for the therapist:
eQu is a modular system, and the therapist can adjust eQu for the different types of dissabilities of the riders. At the end the exercises are much more stressfree for the therapist.
Improvements for the horse:
eQu can be adjusted perfectly to the shape of the horseback and it gives more shoulder room for the horse. The antischock pads can be adjusted to the weight of the rider and makes the therapy session more comfortable for the horse.