Top 10 Hippotherapy Myths and Misconceptions

For some, the term “hippotherapy” can be confusing.  When people first hear about hippotherapy, some common questions are: “Is that some kind of therapy for hippos?”,  “Do hippotherapists provide it?”, “Is this some kind of ‘miracle cure’?”,  “Is that an alternative therapy?”, “Isn’t that experimental?” The answer is “No!” to all of these questions. Hippotherapy is not a magical or…

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What is Hippotherapy?

According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.), “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 as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.  Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology…

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What is the Difference Between Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Horseback Riding?

The positive benefits of interactions between horses and individuals with special needs have been recognized and researched for decades.  As a result. there are a variety of services and activities available for individuals with special needs incorporating horses.  Two of the most common are “therapeutic/adaptive horseback riding lessons” and “hippotherapy”.  Sometimes in the media, and even in the research, the…

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