Definition of hippotherapy in English:



  • The use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength.

    ‘during hippotherapy a person with cerebral palsy can benefit from trying to maintain balance in response to a horse's motion’
    • ‘"My daughter loves having hippotherapy," she says.’
    • ‘The changes in Gigi are not lost on her mother, who first learned of hippotherapy through television.’
    • ‘His mother, Helen, says that by doing hippotherapy for the last three years, James has come into his own.’
    • ‘"One reason hippotherapy can help is the basic 'A' frame of the horse," she explains.’
    • ‘The charity urgently needs funds to make both hippotherapy and "therapeutic riding" available to the children who could benefit.’
    • ‘It is not considered hippotherapy unless a therapist has set specific medical goals for the rider.’
    • ‘The results were compared against results for the same children during an eight-week period without hippotherapy.’
    • ‘A half-hour session of hippotherapy once a week can help children develop this control.’
    • ‘Horses have been described as "tools" used by therapists – and more and more states are covering hippotherapy.’
    • ‘Until recently, hippotherapy has been met with skepticism from a medical community demanding hard science rather than anecdotal evidence.’
    • ‘It sounds wonderful, but how far has hippotherapy been proved to have lasting effects on posture, balance and motor skills?’
    • ‘In fact Esha is having hippotherapy, a little known treatment for profoundly disabled children which appears to be having some stunning results.’


1980s: from Greek hippos horse + therapy.