Hippotherapy

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Hippotherapy is a form of physical therapy in which a therapist uses the movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. It is not “horse riding” in which an individual uses cues to influence and ride a horse, but instead the movement of the horse/pony is used to provide facilitation and influence the client to achieve therapeutic goals.

Hippotherapy is designed for children and adults* with goals relating to ambulation, balance, righting reactions, upper limb function, falls, postural stability, and core strength. This type of therapy may be useful for other physiotherapy goals as well.

Customers suitable to participate in hippotherapy include but are not limited to:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spina bifida
  • Global developmental delay

Other diagnoses may be suitable and some exclusions do apply. See the FAQ below and talk to our team to see if hippotherapy is the right fit for you.

Rocky Bay and Brook Valley Farm (Riding for the Disabled Bullsbrook) have formed a partnership to provide hippotherapy sessions. Your child will be supported but a team of therapists and volunteers to ensure their safety and enjoyment at all times. Participating horses are temperament tested and well trained. A specially designed ramp is used to make mounting and dismounting as easy and safe as possible.

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