What is Hippotherapy?

A specialized therapy, distinguishable from therapeutic riding, hippotherapy uses the movement of a horse to help the patient make improvements.

“When a person with a disability is on a horse, the horse’s nervous system becomes a framework for that person. Instead of going into a room and using books and cards for speech therapy, you’re now doing those same activities on a horse and the horse’s movement facilitates improved neurological function,” said Beth Macauley, one of only four US speech-language pathologists who have a board certification in hippotherapy.

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