This type of equine-assisted therapy program is directed by a licensed health professional, such as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech Pathologist.  The therapists have special training and are registered through the American Hippotherapy Association (A.H.A.).

During an equine-assisted therapy session, the horse’s movement and gait are used to influence the mounted rider’s body.  The main objective is to exercise or stimulate the deep postural muscles of the truck to enhance each person’s ability for purposeful movement of their extremities.

Abnormal movement patterns can be positively affected by the rhythmic movement of the horse.  Muscle tone and stimulation can be positively impacted through graded and varied movements.  As in Adaptive Sport Riding, there are unlimited opportunities for a riding therapy lesson to affect all the senses and systems of the body.