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A young boy is using equine-movement in his therapy at Trio Therapy Partners.
A boy is using equine-movement as he sits on a horse at Trio Therapy Partners.
An adult rides a horse, utilizing equine movement in therapy at Trio Therapy Partners.

Equine Movement (Hippotherapy)

Trio Therapy Partners specializes in the use of equine movement (hippotherapy) as a treatment tool. This unique and powerful tool is considered along with a variety of other therapy tools and strategies when your occupational or physical therapist develops your individualized plan of care with you.

The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.

Why Equine Movement (Hippotherapy)? 

  • The average horse walks at a rate of approximately 100 steps per minute.  An individual receives 1,000 to 2,000 organized, rhythmic repetitions of three-dimensional movement when astride a horse for 10 to 20 minutes.

  • The degrees of movement and planes of motion of a horse's spine are statistically similar to that of a human spine.

  • Strength, muscle coordination, and sensory processing used for walking, talking, and the use of fine motor skills for activities of daily living and general attention to tasks can be positively impacted by equine movement.

  • Integrated with additional neuro/sensorimotor techniques, equine movement is an effective treatment tool.  Common systems targeted by therapists are motor, sensory (including vestibular/balance), nervous, and cognitive (including speech/language).  The limbic, circulatory, and respiratory systems are also positively affected.


Please contact us directly for appointments.

Billing & Payments

Please contact us directly for our fee schedule and information regarding insurance reimbursement.

Other Funding Sources

Trio Therapy Partners offers financial assistance based on financial need.   Please inquire for more information as certain criteria must be met.  Additionally, we accept funding from outside sources and have had families/individuals obtain funding through different local resources/agencies.

We look forward to 
hearing from you.
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