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Hippotherapy
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Hippotherapy:

A physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and motor planning. Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels. During gait transitions, the individual must perform subtle adjustments in the trunk to maintain a stable position. When an individual is sitting forward astride the horse, the horse's walking gait imparts movement responses remarkably similar to normal human gait.

The occupational therapist is able to combine the effects of the equine movement with other standard intervention strategies for working on fine motor control, sensory integration, motor strengthening and endurance, visual perception, social and emotional skills, feeding skills, attention skills, and functional daily living skills in a progressively challenging manner.