Equine-Assisted Therapy

What Is Equine-Assisted Therapy; otherwise known as hippotherapy?

Equine-assisted therapy (hippotherapy) is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes the dynamic movement of the horse to achieve therapy goals. This type of treatment is effective because the gentle, rhythmic movement of the horse simulates human walking. The term hippotherapy comes from the Greek work “Hippo” which means horse.


For additional information, see the Hippotherapy: A Clinical Description page.


Who Benefits?

Individuals with:

  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Weakness
  • Speech / Language impairment
  • Spinal Cord injury / impairment
  • Stroke
  • Visual impairment


  • Improved muscle strength
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased fine motor skills
  • Improved communication
  • Awareness of one’s body in space (proprioception)
  • Improved range of motion


For more information about becoming a rider in R.O.C.K.s Hippotherapy programs contact Nancy Krenek at nancy@rockride.org.

Video: Will and Dorothy O’Neal