It’s called hippotherapy, a type of therapy using a horse. Hippotherapy is a Greek word meaning ‘treatment with the help of a horse’. The movement and rhythm of the horse walking mimics the motor and sensory output of the human pelvis when we walk. For many, this can allow them, for the first time, to actually feel what it’s like to walk. The therapy aims to improve a persons core strength, posture, balance, mobility and function. It has been applied in the treatment of disabled children and adults, such as those with cerebral palsy, autism, brain injury, spinal cord injury, learning disability, multiple sclerosis or Down’s Syndrome.
Click here to see video of how hippotherapy is helping a 4 year old girl with cerebral palsy learn to walk.
As well as hippotherapy, horses are also used for therapeutic riding. This form of therapy can help improve a persons movement, confidence and interpersonal skills.
Click here for more information on Hippotherapy and Riding Therapy throughout the UK.