What Is Hippotherapy?

Hippotherapy uses horseback riding as a form of treatment for clients under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT), physical therapist (PT), or speech-language pathologist (SLP). The natural gait and movement of the horse provides motor and sensory input that cannot be replicated in a therapy classroom.

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Water Fun Relay

What You Need:
Bathing tools
Water bucket

This is a fun summertime game that can incorporate a mounted and unmounted activity. It is very hot here in Colorado and July hasn’t even given us the normal afternoon thunderstorms to cool things down overnight. To make riding a little more bearable in the heat of summer, here’s a fun game to play.

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Sensory Trails

Sensory trails are often utilized in therapeutic riding to provide a new perspective to clients and stimulate all the senses. Sensory trails combine natural and man-made elements that challenge a client’s balance, encourages interaction, and stimulates the senses. They offer a unique opportunity to experience the outdoors from atop a moving being.

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Precautions and Contraindications

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Precautions and contraindications are an important consideration of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Precautions are concerns that need to be further investigated by talking to a physician, mental health professional, or therapist who treats the client. Contraindications mean that the activity is inappropriate.

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Steering

Image by Miriam Müller from Pixabay

Using the reins is one of the fundamental horseback riding skills. The reins are only used to stop and steer the horse and steering is what we teach after riders learn to whoa. Proper steering requires riders to use arms independently in a forward-back movement. It involves the shoulders, wrists, fingers, core, eyes, and head.

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