Hippotherapy (horse therapy).

Ashley - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




I posted another conversation - I am brand new to all of this, we are still awaiting testing for my son, (will start in Jan) but from what I have read, it totally fits. I am wondering if anyone has tried hoppotherapy - therapy on a horse? There is a great organization here that is giving us a scholarship. They said it will help with his emotional/behavioral difficulties regardless of the testing results, but they also said it is really really great for SPD kids - because of the movement and feeling of the horse. Does anyone have any thoughts on this.


Sarah - posted on 12/25/2010




We are on a waiting list to start hippotherapy in March. I have heard nothing but good things from other parents who have used it. I am hoping it will help my son with gross motor planning, sensory issues, and attachment. My son has a mild form of autism, but our first diagnosis was SPD. I would encourage you to find out more about their program and see if a therapists will work with your child while on the horse, how they measure progress, etc. I say go for it! If nothing else, it would be a unique experience!


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Kayla - posted on 01/21/2011




My neice has tuberous sclerosis and she had hippotherapy. She loved it! I plan on doing hippotherapy with my son. We know he loves horses because the first time he saw one at the rodeo, he went nuts. I have never seen a baby so happy to see a horse! He wanted to get in with the horse and wanted to feel it and he started to cry when we had to leave. I felt so bad. But i also LOVE horses! So i guess he gets my horse scence. I cant wait to get him going on it!

Ashley - posted on 12/29/2010




Thank you so much. I have heard great things about the program, they DO work with them while they are on the horse, and we can get a scholarship to help cover the costs. I am excited to see what promises it might hold for us. And you are right - it WILL be a unique experience. I have read that the actual movement of the horse can help with SPD a lot, and with agressive behaviors.

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