Hippotherapy. Marsha Berger Grant PT, DPT Deb Saffren OTR/L. Definition.
Marsha Berger Grant PT, DPT
Deb Saffren OTR/L
Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. The horses movements provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. It has been practiced in North America since the 1970s and is practiced in many countries throughout the world.
To improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience.
For the horse
For the rider
To be promoted to therapeutic riding which allows for a lifelong program to maintain gains and to offer a recreational activity for lifelong enjoyment.
S: rider’s parent reports rider was sick this week
O: 30 minute hippotherapy session on Bear. Required mod assist of 2 to mount at ramp. Worked on balance with quick stops and starts, reaching across midline with noodle toss and grasping activities with ball drop.
A: Weakness noted with increased assistance to mount and postural assist needed at trunk rather than hips. As expected due to illness.
P: Continue w/ same horse/tack. Attempt mount with less assist as able
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”