Hippotherapy has nothing to do with hippos, but it does involve another large animal. In Greek, 'hippos ' means horse, so Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational, or speech therapy, using a horse as a healing medium. Unlike some other forms of therapy, it’s a lot of fun. Many kids don’t even realize it’s a therapeutic exercise.
As the walking pattern of a horse is similar to that of a human in motion, the movement transferred from horse to rider can have a multitude of benefits, including developing muscle tone, postural control, coordination, and much more.
There’s a major reason hippotherapy benefits so many patients. As Winston Churchill said, "There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man" and that applies to clients receiving this specialised form of equine therapy.