What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy that uses horse movement as a physical therapy tool for clients with a broad range of diagnoses, including cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Studies show that the gait motion of the horse provides sensory stimulus and movement patterns to the rider that mimic natural movements of healthy humans…
Riding as Therapy
Studies suggest that hippotherapy improves coordination during riding between the rider’s upper and lower trunk as well as between the rider’s lower trunk and the horse’s back. Additionally, supporters of horseback riding interventions state that the warmth, shape, and rhythmical, three-dimensional movements of the horse improve flexibility, posture, balance, and mobility of the rider.
1.Brandon Rhett Rigby, M.S.B.M.E. Mentor: Brian A. Garner, Ph.D., “Comparing the Pelvis Kinematics of Able-Bodied Children During Normal Gait and When Riding a Therapeutic Horse” Retrieved December 3, 2015 from https://baylor-ir.tdl.org/baylor-ir/bitstream/handle/2104/5420/Rhett_Rigby_masters.pdf