Hippotherapy is a term that refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment tool by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Hippotherapy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.
In hippotherapy, the patient engages in activities on the horse that are enjoyable and challenging. In the controlled hippotherapy environment, the therapist modifies the horse's movement and carefully grades sensory input. Specific riding skills are not taught (as in therapeutic horseback riding); but rather a foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing. This foundation can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities.
Clients in this program are required to be evaluated by our therapy department. Appointments must be arranged through the ranch office.
Praying Hands Ranch (PHR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Christian organization committed to meeting the needs of children and adults with disabilities, as well as troubled youth, in a ranch environment therapeutic center through Hippotherapy served by therapists, Equine by registered instructors, and Horticultural programs served by Douglas County master gardeners. We have a Harness Driving program, and a petting farm. PHR is a non-denominational organization. Clients' ages range from 24 months to 72 years.
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