What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy (from the Greek ‘hippos’, meaning horse) literally means treatment with the horse.
The therapist utilises the rhythmic, three-dimensional movement of the walking horse. A client appropriately positioned on the horse experiences and responds to significant sensory input.
This positions them ideally to develop postural control, equilibrium reactions, balance, co-ordination and spatial orientation.
There are also psychological, speech, language and cognitive benefits.
Hippotherapy is a treatment carried out by, or under the direction of a specially trained Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist – the hippotherapist.
Joanna Evlyn-Bufton (nee. Wojtanowska) was trained in Poland and has 10 years experience as a riding instructor and 7 years as a trained hippotherapist .
Hippotherapy has enabled Joanna to combine her love of horses with her passion of working closely with disabled adults and children.