About Us

The American Hippotherapy Association is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization, which provides educational resources and continuing education courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment.  AHA, Inc. believes that individuals in need of habilitation or rehabilitation are best served by skilled and licensed healthcare professionals. As such, AHA, Inc. is unique in that we are the only organization in the United States whose focus in on educating licensed healthcare professionals on therapy services incorporating equines.  

The AHA Inc. that exists today began in 1987 when a group of dedicated therapists traveled to Germany, then sections of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).  In 2003, American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. separated from NARHA to incorporate as a separate 501(c)3 organization. 

Since it’s beginnings, AHA, Inc. has been an organization dedicated to licensed therapists and the individuals they serve.


Improve lives by advancing education, best practices and resources for licensed healthcare professionals who incorporate horses in therapy.


To have skilled therapy services that incorporate horses readily available to every person who has the potential to benefit. 

Core Values

Commitment to the highest standards of personal, ethical, and professional behavior.

Commitment to good stewardship, transparency, and fiduciary responsibility.

Promoting advances in treatment and research.

Promoting the highest caliber of programs and resources.

Networking and partnering with organizations with similar missions and values.