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Mogilev riding-hall organised hippotherapy for more than 100 handicapped children

Mogilev riding-hall organised hippotherapy for more than 100 handicapped children. Mogilev riding-hall has been providing hippotherapy as a correctional-treatment method for children with infantile cerebral paralysis, Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy, and other illnesses since 2007.

Children come from different Belarusian and even Russian towns. "Some people learns about the hippotherapy from the Internet, others - from the media; some are advised by doctors", director of Mogilev region centre of Olympic reserve in horse riding and modern pentathlon Victor Telepushkin. "We have been helping the rehabilitation centre of Mogilev children's polyclinics for several years."

Children are trained and instructed by Anastasia Yelkina. As an undergraduate of the Belarusian State University, the Faculty of Physical Culture, Anastasia defended a diploma work on the problem of hippotherapy; besides, she has been riding horses for 15 years. Some children are taken to the riding-hall since 2 years old. And it's quite natural, the specialist says. But not all parents have enough patience or opportunities to reach the result, as far as it's a very long-term process.

Young children work and play with ponies Chip and Barmalei, while older children - with a 20-year-old pony Zhorick. It's Zhorick who proved itself to be a real doctor - calm, hasteless and understanding. "A horse must satisfy certain standards to partake in hippotherapy", Anastasia Yelkina explains. "First of all, it must be comfortable to ride on, and rather small, so that children won't be afraid of. If the hippotherapy enjoys higher demand, the number of horses to take part in it may be increased".

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