Hippotherapy vs. Therapeutic/Adaptive Riding


What’s the difference? And which is the best fit for my child?

Hippotherapy (the treatment strategy we’re known for) and therapeutic/adaptive riding (an activity we do not offer) are very different, but both have their place. The question is, what are you looking for?

Hippotherapy vs. Therapeutic/Adaptive Riding

  • Hippotherapy, because it is integrated into physical, occupational, or speech therapy, is part of a one-on-one medical treatment. It focuses on specific patient outcomes. A doctor’s prescription is required and treatment, depending upon your insurance benefits, is generally covered by health insurance. 
  • Therapeutic/adaptive riding is a recreational activity – that has been adapted for those with special needs. It often takes place in semi-private or group sessions and goals tend to be related to riding skills, confidence- and relationship-building, and emotional well-being. 
Learn more about the differences between hippotherapy and therapeutic/adaptive riding

Looking for a therapeutic/adaptive riding instructor or facility? We suggest those affiliated with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.

Lauryn’s surprising us all. When she does something new, especially gross or fine motor, we know that it’s because of [physical and occupational therapies at] Children’s TherAplay that she’s growing in those areas.”

—Lauryn's mom, Jennifer

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