Courage in Motion
Hippotherapy for children with special needs
Hippotherapy is a defined as a “form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input.” Unlike therapeutic horseback riding (where specific riding skills are taught), the movement of the horse is a means to a treatment goal when utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. Hippotherapy can improve neurological function and sensory processing, which can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities. Reins of Hope works with local speech, physical, and occupational therapists volunteering their time to help students make and meet their therapy goals. Each riding session is taught by an instructor and coordinated with a therapist to achieve these goals for each student.