What is Therapeutic Riding? What is Hippotherapy?

Therapeutic riding is the implementation riding for people with disabilities with a view to restoring basic (kinetic, social skills, etc.) of the patient, and improving their overall health and life. The horse in this case is a therapeutic agent. It is applied under certain conditions, with specially trained horses, a specially designed environment, qualified personnel, special equipment, etc.

Therapeutic riding includes:

1. The Equestrian Therapeutic Education and gymnastics or therapeutic riding (this part is internationally referred to as therapeutic  riding. We have introduced the term: '' Equestrian Therapeutic Education and Gymnastics '' so as to make a distinction between TR and hippotherapy)

2. Hippotherapy

1. Equestrian Therapeutic Education and gymnastics or therapeutic riding.
It is an activity in which our goal is to reap all benefits which are related to movement, to the relationship of the patient with the horse and of  the place where the sessions are  held. Benefits such as pleasure, entertainment, socializing, improving skills through exercise, etc., or simply learning to ride as a hobby or sport, within a secure framework  for all involved. Therapeutic riding must be done by Special Educators, Special education horse trainers, social workers, etc., who have specialized in therapeutic riding, and always under the supervision of  rehabilitation professionals, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc. who are also specialized in therapeutic riding.

2. Hippotherapy is a treatment session on scientists rehabilitation (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists). This is the transfer of  a rehabilitation session  from treatment room in equestrian arena, where as a basic therapeutic agent is used the horse. In that case all that is different from a conventional session,  is the space (arena) and the main therapeutic agent (horse). Also all requirements are fulfilled (evaluation, treatment protocol, treatment targets, etc.) required in a conventional rehabilitation center. As  Hippotherapists  can be specified the: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists and child psychiatrists.