Hippotherapy is a year-round program for individuals with extensive needs. Licensed Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, or Speech Language Pathologists use the movement of the horse to promote gross/fine motor skills and communicative skills.
Hippotherapy helps to mobilize the hips, pelvis, and lumbar spine to promote trunk and core stability. It also stimulates the central nervous system, activates weak muscles, and reduces muscle spasms. Other goals may include improving attending skills, balance and coordination, speech and language skills, and improving eye contact.
We currently have four Occupational Therapists, one Physical Therapist, and one Speech Language Pathologist working with our program. Volunteers help to support our therapists with their sessions and act as part of the treatment team. HorseAbility requires that our therapists take the Hippotherapy Classical Principles and Applications Workshop, which is given by the American Hippotherapy Association. In addition HorseAbility requires our therapists to take continuing education coursework each year.