Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dress Code: Western Wear

A "Hoe Down and Wild West Casino" is set for 7 p.m. to midnight 24 September to benefit the Children's TherAplay Foundation.

There'll be a silent auction, martini saloon, casino, music by Blonde Sonja and (wow!) a mechanical bull-riding contest.

Tickets are $100 per person.

It all takes place at TherAplay, 9919 Towne Road, Carmel, a nonprofit, outpatient rehabilitation clinic for kids with special needs using hippotherapy.

Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. Hippotherapy literally means "treatment with the help of the horse" from the Greek word, "hippos" meaning horse.

Specially trained physical and occupational therapists use this treatment for clients with movement dysfunction. In Hippotherapy, the movement of the horse influences the client. The client is positioned on the horse and actively responds to his movement. The therapist directs the movement of the horse; analyzes the client's responses, and adjusts the treatment accordingly. This strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.

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