Hippotherapy is “treatment with the help of the horse." Occupational therapists and physical therapists use the movement of a horse to help children and adults. The term comes from the Greek word, “hippos,” which means horse.

Why Choose Us?

How a horse can help with treatment:

  • Their walk is similar to the movement of a human pelvis when walking
  • They provide sensory input that can be, rhythmic, variable, and repetitive
  • As the child or adult responds to the input, changes in function can occur
  • They serve as a great motivator
  • They are in natural settings

Benefits of hippotherapy:

  • Arousal and attention
  • Balance
  • Body awareness
  • Endurance
  • Muscle strength
  • Posture
  • Timing
  • Coordination
  • Sequencing
  • Joint mobility

Who Can Benefit?

Children ages 2 and older may be eligible to participate

Individuals with the following diagnoses including, but not limited to:

  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Sensory Processing Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Guillain -Barre
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Children with medical conditions may need to consult with their physician and therapist prior to participation. Precautions or contraindications to be considered include:

  • Allergies (related to horses and the outdoors)
  • History of animal abuse

Location of Service

Services are provided to outpatients at:
Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship
1342 State Route 50
Milford, OH 45150

Contact the Program Director at 513-831-7050 for information and scheduling.

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Hippotherapy is “treatment with the help of the horse."

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