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What it's all about!

Why the Horse?

The horse's walk provides sensory input through movement which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The resultant movement responses in the client are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking.

The variability of the horse's gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of sensory input to the client, then use this movement in combination with other clinical treatments to achieve desired results. Clients respond enthusiastically to this enjoyable learning experience in a natural setting.

What is Hippotherapy?

Hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse; from the Greek word "hippos" which means horse. Specially trained physical, occupational and speech therapists use this as a medical treatment for clients who have movement dysfunction. Historically, the therapeutic benefits of the horse were recognized dating back to 460 BC. This form of therapeutic riding has evolved throughout Europe, the United States and Canada.

Treatment takes place in a controlled environment where graded sensory input can yield appropriate adaptive responses from the client. Specific riding skills are not taught, as they are in therapeutic riding, but rather a foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing. This foundation can then be generalized to a broad range of daily activities.

Physically, hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function. Hippotherapy may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for clients of all ages. However, hippotherapy is not for every client. Each potential client must be evaluated individually by specially trained health professionals.