Horseback riding allows the rider to move their body in a way that is very similar to that of walking. Therefore, riders with disabilities that are physical can see improvements in their mobility and stability.

The special bond developed with the animal can help those with emotional difficulties gain more confidence and compassion.

By engaging in horse therapy sessions, the clients are able to focus overcoming their unique personal obstacles. Both younger and older individuals with special needs can benefit from the physical and emotional benefits of working with horses as partners in recovery.

Riders have the ability to improve their balance, core strength, and visual comprehension by practicing skills essential for riding. The rider gains confidence and a feeling of personal autonomy as they continue to grow and develop their skills.

What We Know

Is hippotherapy the right choice for you?

Scientifically backed

According to a study done in 2018, children with cerebral palsy display disorders showed a positive trend for gross motor function, sitting indepednetly, and speed of walking.

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When was hippotherapy invented?

According to the American Hippotherapy Association, the practice of riding horses for therapeutic effects started in the 1960s.

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What does horse riding as therapy claim to help?

In general, therapeutic horse riding can be seen to have physical, social, psychological, and educational benefits.

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Where Do I Get Started?

Search engines are an excellent place to commence your research. The digital world allows an individual to gain access to a lot of information. Use this opportunity to see what's out there.

The greatest factor that determines your next step is location. Whether you're in Canada or the United States, there are plenty of options available to you after conducting research and comparing different businesses based on accessiblity, reviews, and other criterion.

Another factor to consider is the type of horse that is available. Being a therapeutic equine necessitates a unique horse. These animals are accepting of their surroundings as well as their riders. They appreciate being seen, have excellent ground etiquette, and can manage being handled with people on both sides.





  • I can not recommend North Okanagan Therapeutic riding enough! This program is absolutely amazing! My 4 year autistic son started with therapeutic riding last March. Prior to NOTRA our family had zero experience with horses.
    North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association
  • My family is very grateful for the assistance that they provided at the riding center. Now our child is able to be a little cowboy. We admire everything that was accomplished today and could not ask for anything more. It was a great experience and we would like to thank everyone that was a part of today's events.
    Horseplay Therapeutic Riding
    Sterling Lawyers
  • Freedom Hooves is a magical place with a passionate enthusiastic team of caring people! An oasis for those of us with disabilities and a peaceful place for our sweet horse friends!! Thank you for all the lives you touch daily and change one ride at a time!!
    Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center