Equine Magic Therapeutic Services
Horizon Stables has teamed up with Equine Magic Therapeutic Riding. We have developed a program suited for individuals with mental and physical challenges
Hippotherapy literally means "treatment with the help of the horse" from Greek work"hippos" meaning horse. The horse's pelvis moves in the same tri-planer motion at the walk as we do within centimeters. This movement helps faciliatate a normal gait pattern for patients with ambulation dysfunction. The sensory input from the horse impacts on the patient's vestibular tactile and proprioceptive systems, which provide a foundation for the development of sensory motor abilities which allows Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists address their therapy goals. The results are displayed in normalizing of muscle tone, improved postural alignment, midline orientation, improved head, neck and trunk control, improved body awareness, and improved balance and equilibrium reactions.
Hippotherapy when used as a tool by Physcial, Occupational or Speech Therapists promotes motor planning abilities, mobilizes the hip, pelvis, and lumbar spine, stimulates the central nervous ystem, activates weak muscles and reduces spasticity which leads to improving posture, mobility, balance and function. Often patients with Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Multiple Sclerosis, as well as other neurological disorders have abnomrla tone, reflexes, asymmetries, poor postural control, impaired balance and coordination or decreased mobility within their environment. They may display delayed speech and gross or fine motor skills. These can be addressed with a therapist who has special training using hippotherapy as a tool in their practice to achieve goals and functional outcome.
Hippotheray takes the patients out of the traditional clinical setting into a more relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere to help them meet their goals. Patients are in a natural environment, which may help integrate their needs into everyday life experiences.
"There's something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of man"
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