We understand physiotherapy can be repetitive for younger children and typical therapy rooms can look a bit like hospitals, leading to a reluctance to participate and potentially reducing the effectiveness of treatment. We also know that animals have that special gift that provides comfort and joy, putting a smile on the face of any child in their presence.

It’s little wonder amazing possibilities can be achieved when we combine the two!

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.

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Children, Teens, Young adults, Adults
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  • Amputations (Single/Multiple)
  • Autism/PDD
  • Brain Injury (Acquired)
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome
  • Developmental Delay (0-8 years only)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Friedreich AtaXia
  • Generalised Dystonia
  • Guilliane Barre Syndrome
  • Huntington’s Chorea
  • Microcephaly
  • Minicore Myopathy
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Nemaline Rod Myopathy
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Spastic Paraparesis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Stroke
  • Williams Syndrome

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.

Typically our customers participating in hippotherapy are diagnosed with

  • 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.

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.

*weight limits apply. See FAQ for more.




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