hip·po·ther·a·pyFrom the Greek word hippos meaning horse; a medical treatment utilizing the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a treatment strategy to address functional goals
In simpler terms: through hippotherapy, specially-trained physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists apply the movement, rhythm, and repetition of the horse as a treatment strategy to help patients achieve therapeutic goals.
How does it work?
It’s all about movement. The horse’s pelvis shares the same three-dimensional planes as the human pelvis. This movement is multi-dimensional and provides systems-wide impact.
Receiving the movement transmitted by the horse’s pelvis helps the kiddos develop physical skills essential for daily life.
In short: The dynamic movement of the horse combined with the dynamic environment leads to functional change.
By applying different combinations of patterns, speeds, and riding postures, our highly-trained therapists are able to provide precisely the sensory and neurological input each child will benefit from most.