Why Children With Special Needs Feel Better with Hippotherapy Sessions: A Conceptual Review

This article from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine focuses on the multi-faceted benefits to hippotherapy on a child with special needs.  Hippotherapy is one of the services that we offer at Windrush and at many therapeutic riding centers around the world, and, at its root, it is defined as “therapy with the use of a horse.”  Benefits can be physical (added muscle strength as being mounted on a horse mimics the activity of walking, but without putting any pressure on the legs), and additionally the horses used can serve as a social catalyst, encouraging verbal participation and emotional bonding.  This article looks at the dynamics system perspective to look at how all of the benefits of hippotherapy can improve the well-being of an individual and can prove to be a healthy, holistic type of therapy that can help children with disabilities!

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Granados, Anabel Corral.  Agis, Inmaculada Fernandez.  (2011).  Why Children With Special Needs Feel Better with Hippotherapy Sessions: A Conceptual Review.  Retrieved from: http://bitbybittherapy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NeedsFeelBetterwithHippotherapySessionsAConceptualReview.pdf
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