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Hippotherapy is the medical application of the horse in therapy. The use of the movement of the horse makes hippotherapy unique to other equine-assisted therapies as the movement is multi-dimensional, variable, rhythmic and repetitive. It is purely the horses movement that influences the patient who in turn passively responds to and interacts with this movement

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists using hippotherapy will provide hands on intervention. Adjustments are made where necessary and results are documented. The treatment sessions are enjoyable and the interaction with the horse motivates many children who may otherwise avoid participation.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists use hippotherapy for clients with movement dysfunction. The movement of the horse influences the client and actively responds to the movement. The therapist directs the movement of the horse; analyzes the client's responses; and adjusts the treatment accordingly. 

Speech Therapy

Speech pathology in hippotherapy uses a horse to accomplish traditional speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing goals. Carefully modulated, rhythmic, balanced equine movement is an effective means of addressing speech and language deficits through an integrative learning environment. 

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Is Hippotherapy for you?

Horses Help with Treatment

> An equine walk is similar to the movement of a human pelvis when walking 
> Horses provide sensory input that can be, rhythmic, variable, and repetitive 
> As the client responds to the input, changes in function can occur 
> Equines serve as a great motivator 
> Treatment in a natural setting 

Benefits of Hippotherapy

- Arousal and attention 
- Balance 
- Muscle strength 
- Posture 
- Coordination 
- Sequencing 

Who can Benefit from Hippotherapy?

Clients ages 3 and older may be eligible to participate with the following diagnoses including, but not limited to:
> Genetic Syndromes 
> Cerebral Palsy 
> Autism Spectrum Disorder 
> Developmental Delay 
> Stroke 
> Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 
> Multiple Sclerosis

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