Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly K.


The staff of the horseback riding programs at Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS) was seeking an improved method for maintaining the positioning of students with disabilities in the saddle. Modifications to a saddle were designed and constructed to assist Physical Therapists and students of the Hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programs at MHS. The design's intent was to provide a saddle with removable/ adjustable supports on both the back and the front of the saddle. Safety, weight and durability were the most important aspects which were taken into consideration throughout the design process. Once the design was finalized, tests were performed to ensure that the performance of the saddle met the goal set forth by MHS and WPI.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003


Biomedical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering