Hippotherapy: A Tool To Achieve Occupational Therapy Treatment Goals

Course: #3148Level: Introductory2 Hours 106 Reviews

Hippotherapy is a uniquely, exciting and effective intervention that involves using a horse as a tool to achieve therapeutic goals. Occupational therapists can use the emotional bond between rider and horse and graded sensory motor stimulation to promote engagement, sensory processing and functional skills.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the differences between equine assisted therapies, therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify attributes that are required of a horse suitable for use in hippotherapy.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe why and how occupational therapists use the horse as a treatment tool to improve bilateral coordination, functional hand skills and sensory processing.


0-15 Minutes Introduction
15-30 Minutes Hippotherapy
30-60 Minutes Sensory and motor skills
60-80 Minutes Adaptations and activities that promote hand skills
80-95 Minutes Sensory reinforcement
95-105 Minutes Visual perceptual skills
105-115 Minutes Functional skills
115-120 Minutes Q and A, Summary


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