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Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is an intervention in which a single therapist (an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, or a speech and language therapist) works with a single client and a horse.

The therapist places the client on the horse; directs the movement of the horse; analyses the rider's responses; and adjusts the treatment accordingly.

Various movement challenges are presented by encouraging different movements of the horse to promote different postural responses of the rider in different positions. The horse influences the rider rather than the rider controlling the horse.

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