The term hippotherapy refers to a treatment strategy that incorporates the beneficial rhythmic and multi-dimensional movement of the horse to engage the sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems. Hippotherapy is practiced by licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists .
This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated plan of care.
Clients with a variety of diagnoses including neuromuscular disorders, cognitive impairment, sensory-processing dysfunction, and social-emotional disorders can benefit from hippotherapy.
Windrush Farm offers hippotherapy through its partnership with Reinbow Therapy. Monica Wu, owner of Reinbow is a an experienced occupational therapist and seasoned horse professional. Sessions are booked directly with Reinbow Therapy, while the classes take place in the indoor arena or on the sensory trail at Windrush Farm in North Andover.
Clients for hippotherapy range from two years old to adulthood.