Physical and speech therapy (incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment tool):

Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated care plan.

As a treatment tool, each step of the horse, when carefully integrated into a treatment plan by a trained therapist, has the potential to produce a powerful neuromotor input that can help the patient improve their function and get closer to their treatment goal.

The therapist directs the movement of the horse; analyzes the patient’s responses, and adjusts the treatment accordingly.

LTR Speech Therapy (incorporating Hippotherapy) Provider:

Catherine B. Coleman, M.S. CCC-SLP – of The Coleman Therapy Center

For more information on this service please contact us.



Originally from Belgium, Catherine Wycoff is a physical therapist for humans and for horses, with an undergraduate degree from Liege University (Belgium) and a doctorate from Des Moines University (US). 

Kinetic Balance, her private practice, is situated in Lovettsville, Virginia. 

She is a certified Feldenkrais, Anat Baniel Method for Children and kinesiotaping practitioner as well as a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist and a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is also a paradressage classifier for the USEF. 

Catherine is a lifelong horse lover and rider and has been learning from Wendy Murdoch since 2007. She has volunteered and setup private practices in Laos, Taiwan, China, Burma and Austria in addition to the US.