EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), sometimes called hippotherapy, is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes the movement of the horse as part of an integrated intervention program. In each hippotherapy session a specially trained occupational, physical or speech therapist properly positions the client on the horse, analyzes the client's response and directs the horse's movement.
In EAT each client is working towards specific goals developed with input from both the client/parent and therapist. The responses vary from elongating a tight muscle, to stimulating and facilitating muscle tone with hypotonia, to eliciting a desired outcome such as a client audibly saying “walk on”.
Therapeion works with occupational, physical and speech therapists that have completed training through the American Hippotherapy Association. Besides their therapist(s), each rider is matched with a horse or pony that has the desired movement, a specially trained therapeutic riding horse handler, one specially trained volunteer side walker, and a PATH Intl registered instructor.