Hippotherapy is a powerful treatment strategy that utilizes the movement of the horse as a strategic intervention to address a variety of disabilities.
Hippotherapy, as fun as it may be, does not have anything to do with a Hippo. The word hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse.
A licensed and specially trained Physical (PT), Occupational (OT), or Speech Therapist (ST) conducts our Hippotherapy services, in combination with a certified PATH Intl Therapeutic Riding Instructor. During a treatment session, the movement of the horse, position of the client, equipment, and types of activities used are monitored, analyzed, and modified by the therapist to promote the best functional outcomes. Horse movement may be one of many treatment strategies used by the treating therapist.
“I get on the horse and I’m back to having my freedom. When someone sees me on a horse they don’t see me as a disabled person, they see me as an equestrian.”- Tamara E.
Many of the riders don’t realize that they are in therapy as opposed to traditional physical therapy, which can often be a painful and arduous process for clients. Hippotherapy does not replace traditional therapy, but is designed to enhance it.
Promotes Core Trunk Strength
Improves Muscle Tone
Develops Cognitive Skills
Improves Communication Skills
Develops Sensory Integration
Improves Coping Skills
Increases Postural Control
Improves Social Skills
Develops Speech and Language Skills
Cerebral Vascular Accident
Functional Spinal Curvatures
Sensory Integration Disorders
Traumatic Brain Injuries
StableStrides partners with Children’s Hospital Colorado and Memorial Health Systems to provide Hippotherapy Services. Individuals as young as 2 years of age are eligible to participate in this program.