HIPPOTHERAPY

Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy in which the movement of the horse is utilized by specially trained, certified occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists to address a variety of impairments and limitations with the goal of achieving functional outcomes.

Hippotherapy is used with children as young as two and a half years old. Working one-on-one with the rider/patient, the therapist modifies the horse’s movement, thus providing the child with varied physical and sensory input. Volunteers assist as horse leader and side-walker for each rider. Specific riding skills are not taught as they are in adaptive recreational horseback riding, but rather the horse’s movement facilitates active responses and engagement of the child which are intended to affect function. This foundation can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities.

Hippotherapy sessions are provided by occupational and physical therapists who have also completed AHA (American Hippotherapy Association) certification.

Our Hippotherapy Room provides riders the opportunity to experience mounted and unmounted therapeutic treatment.

Therapy room

Before participating, all riders need to consult with their physician. PATH Intl. riding centers require each prospective rider to present a complete medical history and signed physician’s statement prior to a therapeutic riding session (see Medical Form below). If you have any questions, please let us know.

New riders should first complete a Rider Information & Consent Form and a Medical Form. Then you must call 513-831-7050 to schedule a pre-enrollment visit. Acceptance in every program is based upon the visit, when it is determined which (if any) CTRH program is appropriate based on PATH, Intl. standards. If you have any questions, please call.

Each subsequent calendar year in which you participate, a Rider Information & Consent Form and a new Medical Form must be submitted prior to riding that year.

Riders then register for classes one or two sessions at a time, as the registration forms are made available. See calendar note below for session dates.