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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Hippotherapy and Therapeutic riding?  (Equine Assisted Activities, Therapeutic Horsemanship, etc.)
A licensed therapist in Occupational, Physical or Speech therapy, who has been specifically trained to use the movement of the horse to facilitate improvements in their client/patient provides Hippotherapy.  Hippotherapy does not teach the client how to ride the horse.  The goals are therapy directed such as improving balance, coordination, posture, fine motor control, improving articulation and increasing cognitive skills. 
Therapeutic Riding teaches the rider to control the horse with such skills as reining, use of aids, and stable managment.  NARHA certifies Therapeutic Riding Instructor at 3 levels of expertise.

(FAQ-AHA, April 2005) 

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