Meet the MiraColt™
The MiraColt™ delivers access to the benefits of natural and complex motion patterns of riding in therapy for Cerebral Palsy (CP), Autism (ASD), Parkinsonism, Stroke, and related 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.
The MiraColt™ Transforms outcomes
MiraColt™ Horse-Riding Simulator Exercise Machine
The only one of its kind, our patented, accessible, simple-to-use therapeutic riding horse simulator is changing the game in movement therapy nationwide.
The MiraColt™ physical therapy device replicates the complex, 3-dimensional movement patterns of a walking horse. The MiraColt™ movement, which simulates the natural human walking gait, stimulates the brain to improve neuro and muscular function.
This hippotherapy simulator provides a rhythmic movement which stimulates anterior and posterior swinging motions and encourages the rider to achieve proper balance and posture while also receiving a large spectrum of sensory and motor input. To use our mechanical horse exercise machine, the user sits on a padded seat with hands on the handlebars. The control panel is used to adjust the settings to get the optimal speed for each rider. A typical therapy session with the MiraColt™ is 15-25 minutes (which represents 1500 – 2500 neuromotor inputs to the user).
The movement of the horse used in conjunction with evidence-based occupational, physical, and speech therapy has shown to improve outcomes with individuals with cerebral palsy, other spastic or dystonic issues, stroke, Parkinson’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other special needs conditions. This is accomplished by engaging the neuromotor functions, cognitive systems, and sensory channels with appropriate therapies, utilizing the beneficial movement of the horse.
When applied with other therapy strategy tools, the MiraColt™ horse riding simulator exercise machine has been shown to offer patients a unique opportunity for fine and gross motor learning and development to achieve a better quality of life.
What is the MiraColt™?
The MiraColt™, inspired by the benefits of horseback riding for therapy purposes (in Hippotherapy and Therapeutic or Adaptive Horsemanship), is a robust medical grade bio-mechanical device designed to realistically reproduce the complex and natural three-dimensional motion patterns experienced when walking or riding a horse. It bridges the access gap for individuals who could benefit from an intervention but cannot get to or on a horse.
The use of the MiraColt horseback riding simulator has numerous advantages, including freedom from space limitations, easiness of handling, ability of use even in adverse weather conditions and reducing the risk of falls that are associated with horseback riding. It is also a great alternative for those with allergies to horses or are fearful of riding horses. It serves as a great tool to evaluate riding posture or helping in strength building exercises while preparing people to ride horses for therapy. It is a great complement alongside horse-riding for use in both a home or clinic setting.
The MiraColt™ is currently serving….
PATH/AHA Affiliated Centers
At Home Placements
Higher Ed & Research Centers
Special Education Facilities
As defined by the American Hippotherapy Association, Hippotherapy is a form of evidence-based physical, occupational, and speech therapy practice in which a therapist purposely utilizes the characteristic gait movement of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory (neuro-muscular) inputs. These inputs engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive (thought, behavior, relational, and task processing) systems to promote functional outcomes.
Horseback riding moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to the human walking gait. So riders with neuro-muscular or sensory-physical needs often show improvements in flexibility, balance, core muscular strength and control, and general body co-ordination. This in turn improves self-confidence, reduces emotional anxiety or stress, improves focus and increases functional ability. All this ultimately results in improved quality of life.
The MiraColt horse riding machine is used as a complementary device in physical, occupational, speech, and behavior therapy. It represents a major breakthrough in accessibility for people with various conditions including autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions who can benefit from hippotherapy but cannot access, use, or ride a live horse.
Simulating the natural walking gait
The MiraColt’s movement, stimulates the brain to improve neuro and muscular function. A typical therapy session with the MiraColt is between 7 to 45 minutes and generates 1,500 to 2,500 neuromotor inputs to the user.
How To Use It
When riding, the user sits on a padded seat with hands on the adjustable handlebars. The control panel is used to adjust the settings to get the optimal speed for each rider.
It is important to use the device on a level, stable surface with the wheels in an outward facing locked position. The device is built to be durable, easy to clean, and effortless to maintain. It also has a strong weight tolerance, with the ability to provide riding services to users weighing up to 275 pounds.
The MiraColt raises the bar among riding simulators and related horse gait equipment. Some existing devices used for therapy were historically marketed as core exercise machines, providing forward-backward seat motions along with some side-to-side motion. Others were originally designed for riding training, and provide primarily forward-backward rocking motion.