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Phone: (719) 495-3908
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HIPPOTHERAPY

The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., defines hippotherapy as a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. The word hippotherapy derives from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse. The term hippotherapy refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction. This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals.

-- PATHIntl.org

Most hippotherapy sessions are provided in a one-on-one ratio of therapist to rider. In addition to certification in their clinical specialty, therapists are trained and certified to treat patients through hippotherapy. Volunteers help lead the horse and provide support and safety of the rider. The horse’s movement is used to influence the rider.

Typical improvements from this therapy include:

• balance
• posture
• coordination
• core strength
• normalization of muscle tone
• speech and language skills


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.

To learn more about Hippotherapy at Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, please contact Chester DeAngelis at 719-495-3908 or deangelis@pptrc.org to set up an intake appointment.


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