A Horse of a Different Color: A Review of the Effectiveness of Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy, sometimes also called "equine-assisted" therapy or "therapeutic riding," involves the use of horses to provide various therapies to persons who display a number of challenging conditions (American Hippotherapy Association, 2010). "Hippo" means "horse" in Greek. According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) website, the horse is used because the "multidimensional movement" of this animal provides "sensory input through movement which is variable, rhythmic, and repetitive" (2010).