Sessions are usually done walking. Here, the horse’s legs move at 95 to 110 repetitions per minute which gives the client an opportunity to practice these rhythmic movements with high repetition, changing speed, direction, or amplitude. Throughout each session, it’s this repetition that can improve a client’s ability to sit, walk, climb, run, reach, write, dress, speak, eat and go to the toilet.
To ensure the safety and efficacy of patient sessions, our hippotherapy team includes:
- A horse handler
- Two side walkers: Volunteers who walk next to the horse and support each side of the client.
- RDA coach
- Therapist: Physiotherapist provides direction to team
Hippotherapy intervention is suited to clients over 3 years of age and older. Suitable candidates for hippotherapy include those who have goals related to walking, standing, strength, coordination, posture and balance. For participants who are funded through the NDIS, their plan must be plan-or-self-managed.