Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment that uses therapeutic horseback riding to provide carefully graded sensory input.

Although many people associate hippotherapy with physical therapy, hippotherapy as a speech and language therapy strategy is growing more common. Hippotherapy uses a horse to accomplish traditional speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing goals.

Carefully modulated, well cadenced equine movement is used to address speech and language deficits through facilitation of the physiological systems that support speech and language function.

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