The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. defines hippotherapy as a physical, occupational, or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. This strategy has evolved over 30 years through education and clinical experience. Using the movement of the horse as the treatment of choice has resulted in improved functional outcomes for a wide variety of patients. These positive results ensure that hippotherapy will continue to be used in treatment for many years to come.
We Can Ride’s Hippotherapy program involves a credentialed physical or occupational therapist working individually with the client to reach traditional therapy goals without teaching specific riding skills. The therapist works with a certified instructor to create the type of movements from the horse to meet the specific treatment goals. Trained volunteers also help with balance and postural corrections.
Our ultimate goal for all Hippotherapy riders is to have them graduate into regular Therapeutic Riding classes.