The term hippotherapy 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. (AHA inc.)
The horse is the corner stone of our equine assisted occupational therapy intervention. As a team, you and your therapist, along with equine handler, will determine if and how a horse can benefit you. Ground-work, human-animal interactions and mounted activities all provide great benefits and can be incorporated into your plan of care.