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The term "hippotherapy" comes from the Greek word "hippos" meaning horse and translated means "treatment with the help of the horse". Using the horse as a dynamic base to facilitate non-static postural control Hippotherapy fosters improved trunk mobility and strength which in turn, affects overall limb function. The horse’s natural three-dimensional movement mimics a typical human gait creating a gentle rhythmic movement that aides in improving overall balance, strength, muscle control and tone, motor development and coordination.

Hippotherapy sessions are conducted by a licensed physical, occupational or speech and language therapist who has advanced education, are registered with and certified by the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and PATH Intl, certified in as a Registered Level Instructor, as well as have credentials demonstrating their working knowledge of the safe and effective use of the horse’s movement as a therapy strategy integrated with neuromotor function and sensory processing.

Hippotherapy lessons are offered once a week for 30 minutes and consist of preparation before mounting, balance, strength, and cognitive work on the horse, and depending on the individual’s therapy plan transitions into functional activity after dismounting.

Interested in Hippotherapy at CTRC? Get started today!

Looking for further information on CTRC's Hippotherapy program?
Contact , Program Director, or call 303.652.9131.

Also check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions about CTRC’s programs.

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Hippotherapy Quick Notes:


Therapy is 30 minutes once a week
  • One on one instruction by a PT, OT or SPL with credentials in Hippotherapy, and Therapeutic Riding.
  •   Cost is CTRC Fee + an additional weekly fee to the therapist. See Session Fee Schedule.
  • CTRC does not work with any health care provider for billing. We will, if asked, provide clients with paperwork/receipts when seeking their own reimbursement.
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