For Therapists/Students

Best Practice

The American Hippotherapy Association Inc. developed Statements of Best Practice for the Use of Hippotherapy by Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology Professionals in 2014.  View the document here 


Don't Put Yourself at Risk paper:  Downloadable PDF

Use of Hippotherapy in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy:

Downloadable PDF 


Introduction to OT, PT and SLP incorporation hippotherapy in clinical practice ppt for healthcare professionals

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Terminology Guidelines:

Downloadable PDF

Free Webinar on Terminology


Statements/Letters on the use of hippotherapy in treatment from:

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)


Press kit/Media kit:

The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. (AHA, Inc) is pleased to see a recent increase in the interest of hippotherapy as a treatment tool in the news and social media.  In the interest of promoting accurate information about the inclusion of hippotherapy in occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology services, the AHA Inc. has developed a press kit for your use any time you or your practice are being interviewed or receiving press coverage.  It is recommended that this information is shared with reporters and the media when therapists or facilities offering therapy services including the horse are interviewed.

For official statements, additional information, clarification or support surrounding media coverage and press, please contact the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. office.

Press kit 



AHA Inc. supports evidence-based practices and ongoing research as it relates to the inclusion of hippotherapy in occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology services.  Visit the research page to learn more .


Position Statement on Coding and Billing Practices When Hippotherapy is part of plan of care:

It is the position of the American Hippotherapy Association Inc. that therapy professionals should use the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HPCS) Level 1 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes when coding and billing for occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services where hippotherapy is part of the skilled intervention that has been incorporated into a plan of care. To learn more, please click here.

AHA, Inc. statement on the HEAT

 AHA, Inc. recognizes the efforts of the author to develop the HEAT (Hippotherapy Evaluation and Treatment Tool) as an assessment tool used in “hippotherapy practice” to be performed on the horse, as well as the research opportunities it afforded.

AHA, Inc. advocates that therapists provide Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology and incorporate hippotherapy as a tool as one part of their treatment plan, rather than as a “hippotherapy practice,” and use standardized tests and measures of daily function.

AHA, Inc. acknowledges the HEAT may be used as an adjunct assessment when the patient is seated astride the horse to provide “in-house” data and guide further standardized analysis.


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Reimbursement tool kit

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