Why Incorporate Horses in Therapy?

Horses create a dynamic, three-dimensional movement that cannot be reproduced in a traditional clinic setting. The natural gait or stride of the horse, coupled with the animal's warmth, provides numerous benefits, including:

Improvements in

  • muscle tone and strength
  • gross motor skills such as sitting, standing and walking
  • range of motion
  • coordination
  • endurance

Advances in

  • balance/equilibrium
  • head and trunk control
  • body awareness
  • posture
  • mobility

Positive effects on

  • eye-hand coordination
  • limbic system function related to arousal, motivation and attention
  • sensorimotor function
  • oral motor control, voice quality and vocal/verbal communication

When the horse's movement is transferred to the patient through hippotherapy, it produces a combination of sensory, motor and neurological input that we use to treat a wide variety of diagnoses. These include:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy and PVL
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delay
  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • Learning or Language Disabilities
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (Stroke)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Attention Deficit

 

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Children's TherAplay Families

"The progress Cole has made is beyond anything we could have imagined. It is heartwarming to know your child is loved by everyone here."

Cole's family

"We feel very blessed to have become a part of the Children's TherAplay family of therapists, staff and other families."

Suzanne, Children's TherAplay mom

"Brendan squeals and claps when we pull into the entrance at Children's TherAplay. He's made so many gains since he started. The horse is amazing."

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