The term HIPPOTHERAPY comes from Ancient Greece and is derived from the Greek words hippos – horse and therapeia – treatment. By its very nature, hippotherapy affects both the physical and the psycho-emotional state of a person. It is a complex method of improving the general condition of the individual. Hippotherapy is aimed at rehabilitation and social integration. It has proven beneficial effectiveness on children and people with a number of syndromes, conditions on the autism spectrum and patients after a stroke. It also has a beneficial effect on deviant behavior. Therapeutic horse riding is a complementary therapy as part of the overall rehabilitation process. It includes certain exercises and movement tasks within the riding activity. The preparation of a program for the courses of the rehabilitation process is based on the information presented in the patients health record. It is of great importance the sequence and the series of exercises, to be strictly followed.
Part of the monograph “Partnership with a rehabilitation goal – impact of hippotherapy methods on the human organism” by Dalia Avramova – equestrian trainer, master’s degree in Adapted Physical Activity and Sports.