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WHAT IS HIPPOTHERAPY?

Hippotherapy means “treatment with the help of a horse” from the greek word “hippos”, which means horse.

Hippotherapy is physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech/language therapy that uses equine movement as a treatment strategy.  The movement of the horse influences the client, and the client actively responds to the movement. The therapist directs the movement of the horse, analyzes the patient’s response, and adjusts the treatment accordingly.  The movement of the horse creates a combination of sensory, motor, and neurological input.   This effective strategy is integrated into the treatment plan to help each patient reach their goals.

Riding backwards helps to improve balance, strength, and postural control, which is really helpful for our little ones learning to walk.

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Feeling the softness of the horse and the texture of the saddle and pad help our kiddos connect with their horse.

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Kids don’t realize how hard they are working while they are riding. They just think they are playing at the barn!

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“After Maliah started doing hippotherapy, she finally started saying her first words and taking her first steps.”

• Maliah’s mom

“Our daughter Kaelynn is 6 years old and has been participating in hippotherapy for a year and a half. We have seen results at home and at school that we were not seeing in the traditional therapy setting. Prior to starting hippotherapy, Kaelynn could walk and run but was uncoordinated, and had no fine motor skills. Over time we noticed that running became more natural for her, her hands became stronger, and she actually wanted to color, string beads, and cut with scissors. These things were super hard for her prior to starting hippotherapy.   She is also better at following directions and concentrating to complete her tasks.  The best part is that Kaelynn doesn’t even realize she is in therapy when she is on the horse. She’s just excited that she get to go horseback riding every Wednesday! I would highly recommend Horseplay Therapy to any parent who has a child with special needs!!”

• Kaelynn’s mom

“Hippotherapy has helped Ana to have better posture and more strength in her core and hips and now she is starting to walk!”

• Ana’s mom

Individual Results May Vary