Hippotherapy refers to how occupational, physical, and speech-language therapists, use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning to manipulate the horse's movement to engage and improve sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems. Therapists use hippotherapy as part of an integrated therapy plan of care.
Highly trained therapists use this multidimensional movement to provide system-wide impacts on human neurophysiology. The motor and sensory input is coupled and highly organized, and the horse’s movement can be manipulated in many ways to address a broad range of system impairments. The horse provides unique rhythmic, low amplitude, and consistent movements which can be sustained over time.
HorsePlay Hippotherapy & Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is our 501(c)3 nonprofit program designed to meet the needs of children with physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. Through the use of the horse, HorsePlay provides an experience where individual goals and objectives can be met in a non-traditional, non-clinical environment.