Increasing the PosAbilities
Medical Grade Equine Motion Simulator
Increasing access to the neurodevelopmental, neurorehabilitation, sensory stimulation and integration, as well as motor function learning and control benefits of horseback riding as part of therapy for neurological movement disorders occurring in Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, and similar conditions.
Base Model with option of either the High or Low Base Seat
Has Interchangeable Seat Upgrade with both Low and High Base Seats
Only in Texas. $500.00 Security deposit and 6 months minimum term.
What is the MiraColt™?
Inspired by the benefits of horseback riding in hippotherapy, the MiraColt™ is a specialized, medical-grade motion simulator designed to realistically reproduce the natural movement patterns of horseback riding in a controlled and safe environment. The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), describes hippotherapy as “how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool.”
Why the MiraColt™?
The MiraColt™ motion simulator accurately reproduces the smooth, rhythmic, and repetitive multidimensional walking gait motion pattern of a horse for the benefit of its rider.
This is particularly useful for individuals with neurological movement disorders, who would benefit from a horse-riding experience as part of their therapy but may have difficulty accessing the benefits of horseback riding due to physical, logistical, or environmental limitations.
Research has shown that the multi-dimensional, repeated, rhythmic and yet constantly changing sensory input elicited from the walking gait of a horse during horseback riding therapy has a range of physical, emotional and cognitive benefits for individuals with physical and neurological (neuromotor or developmental) movement disorders. These, include improvements in balance, posture (greater postural equilibrium reduces fall risk), gait, muscle tone, muscle strength, joint stability, body weight shift when sitting or moving, trunk control and coordination. It also leads to overall improvements in physical fitness, self-awareness, and confidence. Plus, it also provides sensory stimulation, promotes sensory integration, and has a calming effect which can be particularly beneficial for individuals with autism and other sensory processing disorders.
The MiraColt™ equine motion simulator is designed to provide these benefits in a controlled and safe environment. It provides a consistent and customizable platform for therapy sessions in an equine facility, clinical therapy setting, or even home environment. The speed of the device, rider sitting positions, accessory use, and other intervention aspects can be altered or tuned by therapists and caregivers, thereby enabling them to monitor, optimize, and grade the level of stimulation and challenge required to target specific areas of need and goals related to the rider’s ability and improvement. This ensures that each session is tailored to the individual’s specific needs and goals.
The MiraColt™ has also been used to evaluate posture while riding, and to build strength for people preparing to ride horses for therapy. Whether in a home or clinic, the MiraColt is a useful complement alongside horseback riding on a live horse. It is easy to handle, doesn’t take up much space, isn’t dependent on weather conditions, and decreases the risk of falls. It’s an ideal solution for anyone who’s allergic to, or simply fearful of horses.
It’s important to note that while the MiraColt may be a valuable tool in therapy, it should not be seen as a replacement for other forms of treatment. Therapy for neurological movement disorders should be individualized and may include a variety of approaches, including medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, among others. The MiraColt’s use in therapy or treatment is intended to be complimentary to or as a foundational element that potentiates the effectiveness of other treatment interventions.
The MiraColt™ is currently serving….
PATH/AHA Affiliated Centers
At Home Placements
Higher Ed. & Research Centers
Special Education Facilities
Senior Care Facilities
What our clients and colleagues have to say about us.
“I think the movement of the horse is one of the amazing profound ways to wake up neurological systems in people. My dream would be that [the MiraColt™] becomes an adaptive piece of equipment in all clinics and therapy centers.”
Nancy Krenek PT, DPR, HPCS, CTRIFounder & CEO Ride On Centre for Kids (ROCK)
“The Miracolt gives people with disability a safe and ‘true to life’ alternative. It has all the benefits of equine therapy but in a safe and controlled environment.”
Sally O’BrienMcIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled
“We have tried every equipment, mechanical device out there, you name it. This machine, the motion it provides, has done more for my husband’s brain than anything else we’ve tried. As a nurse, I see him improving every day.”
Patricia JelksWife of a stroke survivor
“We recently used the MiraColt in combination with speech therapy for adults with brain injury, and were very pleased with the outcomes of the project. This is a very promising direction for potentially enhancing the effects of language treatment.”
Paul FilmoreAssistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Baylor University
The Ride On Centre for Kids (ROCK) is a non-profit organization based in Georgetown, Texas, that provides equine-assisted therapy and activities to children with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. ROCK has been using the MiraColt™ as part of its equine-assisted therapy/ hippotherapy program.
The MiraColt™ is designed to provide a realistic riding experience that is safe, therapeutic, and enjoyable for children with various disabilities. It allows children who may not be able to ride a real horse due to their condition to still experience the benefits of equine-assisted therapy. ROCK’s program with the MiraColt™ aims to improve the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the children who participate, as well as to provide a fun and unique experience that they will remember for years to come.