Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Hippotherapy

Code: LR-3050

Programs that offer a form of treatment for individuals who have movement dysfunction that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse to improve neurological function and sensory processing. The horse's walk provides sensory input through movement which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The resultant movement responses in the client are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. The variability of the horse's gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of sensory input to the client, then use this movement in combination with other clinical treatments to achieve desired results. Hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function; but may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions. It is typically offered by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists who have been trained in the process.

See Also:

Equestrian Therapy (RP-8000.1925)

Equestrian Therapy Volunteer Opportunities (PX-3000.1800)

Equestrian Events (PL-8000.1800)

College Equestrian (PL-8000.1500-200)

Equestrian Sports Equipment (PL-7200.8000-190)

Horseback Riding (PL-7000.5150)

Equestrian Centers (PL-6400.7000-190)

Physical Therapy (LR-6600)

Occupational Therapy (LR-6200)

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