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What is Hippotherapy?

Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy treatment that is conducted by licensed therapists and uses equine movement as a platform to improve:
  • Trunk balance and coordination
  • Muscle strength and endurance
  • Posture alignment and symmetry
  • Spasticity and relaxation
  • Timing and neuromotor function

 

In 15 minutes of riding, patients are safely tilted to regain their center of gravity over 1,500 times!
POPULATIONS WHO BENEFIT
  • Stroke survivors
  • Brain injury patients
  • Spinal cord dysfunction patients
  • Neurological disorder patients
  • Amputees
  • Cerebral Palsy patients
  • Parkinson’s patients
  • Multiple Sclerosis patients
  • People with Autism
  • Children with developmental delay
  • And many more people!
NATURAL HUMAN MOVEMENTS
Riding a horse at a walking speed facilitates normal muscle tone and inhibits good posture. Research shows evidence of how the rhythmic, swinging movement of the horse enhances balance, coordination, and motor development among many other benefits.