Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Hippotherapy Services

HIPPOTHERAPY & THERAPEUTIC RIDING: 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

‘Hippotherapy’ Therapeutic Horseback Riding:

  • Completed by licensed occupational therapists in conjunction with a professional horse handler, and assisted by volunteer aids.
  • Horse’s movement is essential to assist in meeting therapy goals.
  • Goal is to improve neurological, physical, cognition, coordination, organization and attention level for daily tasks.
  • Helping the rider reach their full potential is of paramount importance. 
  • Billable through insurance

 

Therapeutic Horseback Riding:

  • Completed by trained horseback riding instructor, and assisted by volunteer aids.
  • Horse’s temperament is essential to learning riding skills
  • Goal is to improve neurological, physical, cognition, coordination, organization and attention level for daily tasks.
  • Helping the rider reach their full potential is of paramount importance. 
  • NOT billable through insurance

 

Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Horseback Riding is skill-based equestrian instruction for children and adults with disabilities. The focus of these lessons is skill development and progression while improving the rider’s physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social skills.

Riding a horse provides a multi-dimensional movement pattern similar to the human gait. This motion influences the rider’s body leading to increased flexibility, core strength, motor skills, and intellectual functioning. What makes equine therapy unique is that it does not feel like traditional occupational, physical, or speech therapy to our clients. Horseback riding is an exciting and rewarding sport, and Jaycee’s Horses for Healing provides a fun, enriching, and supportive environment for our riders to reach their potential.

Taught by professional riding instructors with the assistance of volunteer aids, Jaycee’s Horses for Healing therapeutic riding lessons are 45 minutes to 1 hour once a week. Depending on the needs of each rider, lessons can be group, semi-private or private.

As much as possible the riders participate in pre-mounted and post-mounted horse care.  Riders that have physical, intellectual, cognitive, developmental, and learning differences can benefit from Therapeutic Riding.