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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Parking Area, Front Desk Area

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Adapted Physical Education/Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Therapy/P.T. Assistant, Occupational Therapy/O.T. Assistant, Registered Nurse

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 2.5 to 99

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    Hydrolic wheelchair lift for mounting individuals on to horse

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : There are grants/scholarships available for people with disabilities

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Winslow Therapeutic Center is a not-for-profit organization accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Therapeutic horseback riding produces smiles, laughter, friendship, and healing. We see children and adults every day who improve their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well being by learning to ride in our therapeutic environment. Our well trained and caring staff and volunteers have made it possible for us to offer a unique and often life-changing horseback riding experience to children and adults in our community since 1974.

What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy (from the Greek "hippo" meaning "horse") is physical therapy that utilizes the natural movement of the horse to help riders regain physical strength, mobility, and coordination. The similarities between a horse's pelvic movements at a walk, and the movement of a normal human pelvis enables the rider to physically learn or relearn skills and movements that may have been lost or compromised. Speech, physical, or occupational therapy patients can improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, respiration, strength, and body awareness as they sit upon and ride a horse in an enjoyable and effective method of treatment. Hippotherapy patients tend to be the best motivated physical therapy patients, because the work is fun!

Who can benefit from Hippotherapy?
Children and adults can benefit from hippotherapy when it is used as part of their overall treatment program. Disabilities that can be treated through traditional physical, occupational, or speech therapy, can be treated through hippotherapy. Examples of such disabilities include but are not limited to:
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyspraxia
  • Stroke
  • Paralysis/Paraplegia
  • Head Trauma
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Convulsive Disorders
  • Amputation
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Scoliosis
  • Arthritis
  • Autism

About our providers
Winslow's licensed physical, speech, or occupational therapists have undergone additional training using the horse as a therapeutic tool. Each therapist is registered with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).

How to obtain services
Individuals interested in hippotherapy may contact Winslow to schedule an evaluation at any time. The evaluation will need to be reviewed before treatment can begin. The therapist will contact you and ask that you bring medical records and your prescriptions.