The most frequently asked questions we receive from those seeking services where equine (horse) movement and the equine environment are incorporated into occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy are include below.  If you are looking for a therapist is your state or city please visit our Find a Therapist or Find a Facility pages.

What is hippotherapy?  The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes.  In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.

Who can provide services?  This is a question we receive often and in the fall of 2014 we wrote an letter to medical facility clarify who can and should provide services. Click here for the letter.  Feel feel to use it to educate others.

I am confused by terminology, what is EAT?  EAT stands for Equine Assisted Therapy, click here to see AHA, Inc.’s “Terminology Paper.”A, Inc.’s Terminology.  This paper defines the terms used by therapists who incorporate equine movement and the equine environment into their patient’s plans of care.

Is hippotherapy a recognized specialty?  Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy have been recognized by AOTA and APTA for over 20 years. ASHA has recognized this as well and recently shared a letter of understanding.

Where do I find research to support OT, PT and ST’s utilizing equine movement?  AHA, Inc. regularly updates a bibliography.  Also, please visit our Research and Grant page for additional documents.