Hippotherapy and the BENEFITS of riding by:Jillian d. audrey c.


  • the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength.
  • Horses are the most popularly used animal for therapy although elephants, dolphins, cats and dogs may also be used. This is because, horses have the ability to respond immediately and give feedback to the rider’s action or behavior. Horses are also able to mirror the rider’s emotion.The basis of the therapy is that because horses behave similarly like human beings do in their social and responsive behavior; it is always easy for patients to establish connection with the horse.

Children with a physical delay can use hippo-therapy as a way to use the mussels they don't use otherwise.

Children with a mental delay use hippo therapy as a way to help build trust and balance

Horses mimic the movements of a person walking to build mussel strenght

  • Hippo therapy, sometimes also called “equine-assisted” therapy or “therapeutic riding,” involves the use of horses to provide various therapies to persons who display a number of challenging conditions .“Hippo” means “horse” in Greek.
  • The horse is used because the “multidimensional movement” of this animal provides The rider must react with motions that mimic movements of the leg mussels while walking. Such movement is claimed to benefit the rider by enhancing mobility, posture, and balance.
  • Therapeutic use of the horse for persons with disabilities, including autism, is quite popular. Currently, according to the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, there are over 3,500 certified instructors, 800 accredited riding centers worldwide, and over 42,000 participating children and adults.
Horses are loving and compassionate creatures

For more information, please visit the American Hippotherapy Association website for more details.


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