Hippotherapy is a physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement and differs from therapeutic riding in that learning riding skills is not the goal.
From the Greek word hippos, meaning horse, Hippotherapy literally means “treatment with the help of the horse”. The term refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.
In Hippotherapy, the horse influences the rider rather than the rider controlling the horse. The rider is Continue reading “Hippotherapy”