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Refund Policy FOR 1997-05-01 No. 43: Circular to Federal §5-22
[Modified 11 / 97, 8 / 99, 9 / 99, 8 / 00, 11 / 00, 7 / 01, 4 / 02, 7 / 02, 11 / 02, 2

Contributions can be made to cover therapy riding expenses for a member with severe disability. This applies, for example, to a member with severe paralysis after poliomyelitis etc. or with brain damage that has caused physical or mental disabilities. A member with severe disabilities for other reasons, such as polyarthritis and blind, may also benefit from riding lessons.

Of the mentally handicapped mentions are mentally retarded, seriously mentally ill and demented where ordinary activities do not lead to a reasonable degree of physical expression. Hearing impaired should be considered in line with serious physical and mental disabilities in providing access to contribute to exercise riding. Riding must be of importance as a substitute for or supplement to traditional physical therapy.

Therapy riding must take place in a riding school under the guidance of a physical therapist or menseck teacher. It is a condition for contribution to therapy riding that the treating physiotherapist has undergone and passed the Norwegian Physiotherapy Association's (NFF) course in therapy riding, steps 1 and 2 of 40 hours.

Up to 31.12.2002, contributions can be made to therapy riding by a publicly approved physical therapist as per 1. March 2002 provides therapy riding. These physiotherapists, after special approval from NFF's Section, can be equated with a physiotherapist with a passing course in therapy riding. Such approval must be before 31.12.2002.

Group members are limited to eight people.

The municipality shall comment in writing on the riding school's measures to the social security office in the municipality where the riding school is located. The statement should be given by the health agency v / municipal doctor I. The municipality will otherwise make a written statement about the riding school every two years and when a new riding school establishes an offer of therapy riding.

The statement shall include an assessment of whether the riding school is generally considered to have a suitable riding offer to a member with severe physical and mental disabilities.

Furthermore, the statement should include consideration of the following factors:
• accessibility to the riding school for the disabled,
• safety measures and equipment.

The Social Security Office, which receives written notification from the municipality of a riding school's offer, must inform the neighboring social security offices and the county social security office by copying the letter.

There must be an application for advance consent from the Social Security Office, (written by the treating physician on form IA 05-08.05 «Referral to physiotherapy»). In addition to the diagnosis, the application must contain information on the nature and degree of the member's disability.

Active equestrian therapy is assumed to be given for at least 30 minutes, while (until) 10 minutes are used to help the patient on and off the horse, instruct and give him time to get to know the animal. The physiotherapist and helper (s) must be present and guide the patient.

Contributions can be made for a maximum of 30 treatments per year. The contribution corresponds to the tariff A2c in the Regulations on grants to cover the costs of physical therapy.

Expenses for therapy riding for patients staying in an approved health institution where the insurance reimburses for the stay cannot be covered by contributions, but must be paid by the institution as part of its expenses.