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Hippotherapy

At this time, we are currently not offering Hippotherapy.
Please check back for updates.

Become a Rider

Download our rider information packet and application below to learn more about our in-take process, programs and assessment.

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ABOUT HIPPOTHERAPY

Hippotherapy is a treatment approach conducted by a licensed physical therapist, occupation therapist, or speech therapist. Therapists use the horse, it's movement, and warmth as a tool in therapy sessions. Therapists address client’s goals as they would in a hospital, rehabilitation center, or outpatient center. The horse’s walk is very similar to the walking pattern of the human and thus facilitates the same pelvic and leg movements of the human walk. In one 30-minute session participants experience an average of 3,600 repetitions of this movement. Hippotherapy sessions focus on improving gross motor skills, sensorimotor function, breath control etc.

How It Works

  • Strengthens muscles

  • Increases stamina

  • Improves posture and fine motor skills

  • Horse's movement facilitates the same pelvic and leg movement of the human walk

  • Increases memory, comprehension and concentration by challenging cognition and communication skills

  • The horse "teaches" respect, patience, attention, and focus

  • Replaces therapy burnout with enthusiasm

  • Empowers riders and helps them build self-esteem

  • Encourages and promotes social interactions between fellow riders and instructors

It Works For

  • Developmental delays

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Autism

  • Down syndrome

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • PTSD

  • Scoliosis

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Spina bifida

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Paralysis

  • Visual and hearing impaired

  • Severe depression and anxiety