Hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse as an avenue to complete a physical, occupational, or speech therapy session. The horse’s movement has rhythm, symmetry, bilateralism, a dynamic base of support and multiple planes of movement. The movement responses in the rider are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking.
The American Hippotherapy Association suggests that Hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function. It may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for clients of all ages.