What is the difference between equine assisted activities, equine assisted therapy, hippotherapy and therapeutic riding?
Hippotherapy: The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., defines hippotherapy as a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. The word hippotherapy derives from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse. The term hippotherapy refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction. This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals. Therapeutic Riding: According to PATH, International: "Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs." Often times, a client will progress from Hippotherapy to Therapeutic Riding. This decision is made at the discretion of A Horse Connection in collaboration with client needs. Please feel free to contact A Horse Connection to find out what service is most appropriate for you, your client or your loved one. What are the fees for the services? Fees vary with the service provided: For OT, PT or SPT featuring Hippotherapy, sessions are billed based on duration of session appropriate for each client. Sessions are fee for service. A therapy receipt with therapy treatment codes will be provided to you, which may be submitted to your insurance company. Direct third party billing is not provided at this time. We will update you of any changes regarding fees and insurance billing for our services. How do I sign up for service? Fill out our contact form, and we will contact you to guide you through the application and registration process. What if I am afraid of horses?