Hippotherapy is an equine-assisted therapy. The warrior sits on the horse and uses its movement as a physical therapy. This isn’t horseback riding as we usually think of it.
Licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists provide this treatment. While the warrior sits on the horse, the therapist guides the animal and makes changes in its movements. The warrior’s health goals determine how and when these changes are made.
Hippotherapy providers have training approved by the American Hippotherapy Association. The therapy team includes horse trainers certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International).
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