Hippotherapy is a form of therapy that uses the movement of the horse as a means to achieve therapy goals. The horse’s movement promotes active responses in the client and facilitates activation of postural control, balance, motor and sensory systems. The sessions are conducted by licensed Physical, Occupational or Speech therapists and assisted by a Side Walker and Horse Handler. Although the focus is not on skill development, the client develops balance and feel of the horse and often times will participate in therapeutic riding as well. Clients who have movement, speech and/or motor deficits can benefit from hippotherapy.

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Treatment, Benefits and Improvements of Hippotherapy include but are not limited to:

Some Treatments of Hippotherapy

Neurological Disorders

  • Articulation difficulties
  • Cerebral Palsy

Musculoskeletal dysfunction

  • Fractures
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Increased/Decreased muscle tone

Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Neuromuscular dysfunction
  • Stroke

Speech and Communication Dysfunction

  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Autism
  • PDD

Balance difficulties

  • Down Syndrome
  • Proprioceptive dysfunction
    (learning where your body is in space)

Some improvements Hippotherapy will provide:

  • Coordination
  • Vocalization and Articulation
  • Sensory awareness and Processing
  • Posture
  • Attention to task
  • Circulation
  • Respiration

Some benefits of Hippotherapy:

  • Development of balance
  • Relaxation of spastic muscles
  • Strengthening of weak muscle

And Many Other Developmental, Physical, Neurological, Occupational and Speech Difficulties!