What is Hippotherapy?

The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.
(Source: American Hippotherapy Association)

At Dynamic Strides, our friendly horses are an important part of our therapy team and play a vital role in your child’s integrated plan of care.

Diagnoses or medical conditions that may benefit from equine movement:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders/ASD
  • Chromosomal Abnormalities or Deletions
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident/Stroke
  • Developmental Disorders/Delays
  • Neuromuscular Disease/Dysfunction
  • Sensory Processing Disorder/SPD
  • Brain Injury
  • Apraxia/Dyspraxia

The benefits of Hippotherapy:

  • Arousal and attention
  • Balance strategies
  • Belief in one’s functional capabilities
  • Bilateral integration
  • Body awareness
  • Circulation
  • Dynamic postural stability
  • Endurance
  • Expressive and/or receptive speech and language
  • Midline orientation
  • Mobility of pelvis, spine and hip joints
  • Modification of muscle tonus
  • Motivation
  • Muscle strength
  • Musculoskeletal alignment
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Neuromotor function
  • Oral-motor function
  • Posture
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Respiratory function
  • Self-confidence
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Symmetry and alignment
  • Timing and coordination of motor strategies

 At Dynamic Strides, hippotherapy in our indoor arena may be included in treatment strategies for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy.