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Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy takes place while riding a horse.  During hippotherapy, a specially trained physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech language pathologist, along with one or two assistant sidewalkers, lead the participant and horse through a therapeutic session.  Hippotherapy has been used to provide therapy for participants with Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Developmental Disability, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis and Language Disorders. Some hippotherapy facilities also provide therapy to veterans and others recovering from injury.

 

Hippotherapy has been praised for its usefulness in helping with postural control, flexibility, sensory development and gait training.  The gait of a horse closely resembles the movement of a human’s pelvis during walking.

 

There are several providers of Hippotherapy in the St. Louis and St. Charles County areas.
 
Therapeutic Horsemanship
322 Stable Lane
Wentzville, MO 63385
636-332-4940
 
Jamestown New Horizons
15350 Old Jamestown Road
Florissant, MO 63034
314-741-5816
 
Ride On St. Louis
6008 Windsor Harbor Lane
Kimmswick, MO 63053
636-464-3408
 
Equine-Assisted Therapy
Two Locations:
3369 Highway 109, Wildwood, MO 63038
13525 Clayton Rd, Town and Country, MO 63141
314-971-0605 

Exceptional Equestrians of Missouri Family, Inc.

785 Yellow Finch Ln.
Washington, MO 63090
(636) 390-2141
 
Helping Hands Therapeutic Center
32808 Stringtown Rd
Greenwood, MO
(816) 697-5400
 
If you have had a good experience at one of these facilities or if you have another facility to recommend, please comment.

 

1 comment

  1. Tracy

    My 8 yr old daughter has participated at Jamestown New Horizons for over a year. The directors/owners are the kindest, most caring people. They take excellent care of their horses and in their 30+ yrs of helping children, have never had an injury. My daughter is receiving wonderful therapy while enjoying her passion for horses. I am truly grateful for JNH.

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