Hippotherapy for Children

Help your child develop speech, physical, and occupational skills through hippotherapy.


Hippotherapy is a form of therapy that uses a horse’s movements to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems. Studies show that hippotherapy for children provides both physical and emotional benefits.
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Help your child develop speech, physical, and occupational skills through hippotherapy.


Hippotherapy is a form of therapy that uses a horse’s movements to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems. Studies show that hippotherapy for children provides both physical and emotional benefits.
Request an Evaluation

Common Questions About Hippotherapy for Children

How does hippotherapy help with speech?


Hippotherapy was originally used to help with physical disabilities, but studies show that this form of therapy can also help improve speech. For children, the opportunity to ride a horse on a regular basis creates enthusiasm that can lead to vocalization.

How does hippotherapy help with physical skills?


Children with injuries or physical delays can especially benefit from hippotherapy. For example, for children who are struggling to walk, hippotherapy is an opportunity to experience what walking “should” feel like. Horses have rhythmic, repetitive gaits—just like people—and riding a horse can help children better understand how their muscles should work when they walk.

How does hippotherapy help with occupational skills?


At WeeSpeak, the goal of occupational therapy is to improve a child’s motor skills. Hippotherapy is an excellent complement to occupational therapy because hippotherapy gives kids a fun opportunity to practice their motor skills. For example, as the horse moves, a child may have to adjust the reins or tense his/her muscles to balance on the horse.
 

Would your child benefit from hippotherapy?

If your child is facing speech, physical, or occupational delays, hippotherapy may be able to help. To find out if hippotherapy could benefit your child, follow these steps:

1. Request a child development evaluation.


2. Work with a therapist to complete the assessment.


3. Receive a written Plan of Care with our recommendations for what to do next.

Would your child benefit from hippotherapy?

If your child is facing speech, physical, or occupational delays, hippotherapy may be able to help. To find out if hippotherapy could benefit your child, follow these steps:

1. Request a child development evaluation.


2. Work with a therapist to complete the assessment.


3. Receive a written Plan of Care with our recommendations for what to do next.