Child Cerebral Palsy is a serious perinatal pathology of the central nervous system and involves motor disorders of different intensity and combinations. However, in addition to this simple view of it, quite a complex picture of disorders is hidden, including much more important disorders of mental functions including retardation.

      According to many authors disorders of mental functions do not result only from destruction of different structures which are responsible for their formation. In particular, they may result from motor deprivation which happens especially in early childhood. Therefore TEMPERIES considers hippotherapy, a constant contact between child and a horse, as very usual method for treatment of, not only, children with spastic forms of child cerebral palsy, in many cases suffering from imbecility.

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     Riding therapy makes a sick child rebuild a defective model of adaptation, to adjust to the motor defect and to learn how to do this in the most correct way and to manage the effects of the motor defect to meet the social demands of behaviour skills which are still more and more complicated.

     TEMPERIES has studied the influence of the riding therapy upon the motor disorders of the patients with child cerebral palsy and Morbus Down. The riding therapy courses are held at the Hrebcin Mlekojedy - Staj Kamila Horaka two times a weeks during daytime for 20 minutes. Before the beginning of treatment all children are carefully determined and results are put into their medical documentation.



     Before putting a child on a horse it is necessary for the child to study the individual peculiarities of a pace of the horse. Children are put on a horse and are supported, but then they are taught to sit correctly and to balance on it. During the riding therapy different positions are used - lying at one's back/belly, along and across the horse, sitting with a face to the head and tail. At the same time different play-tasks are made for each child which are not too much complicated.

     Riding therapy, unlike the traditional treatment, is the effective method which helps to develop a childīs motivation, his wish to overcome difficulties, and to broaden his outlook. It is especially noteworthy by results that were achieved within a monitored group of children. Consequently the riding therapy turns out to be the original, effective method of treatment for patients with spastic forms of child cerebral palsy and/or Morbus Down, as it makes it possible to achieve the necessary motor skills in a very short period of treatment. It helps to reduce hyperkinesia as well as to increase the motivation of children. This is caused due to the kind and faithful relation between child and a horse.

     The riding therapy includes many psychological factors. TEMPERIES is strongly influenced by theories and teaching of Michaela Scheidhacker from the Haar Psychiatrical Hospital/Germany based upon Freudīs theory of Id, Ego, Supergo. It gradually increases the positive chain of events through extreme mobilisation of willpower, based on cognitive simplification of formation of new motor skills and further activation of new sensory processes.