Hippotherapy Teaches Trust,

Self Discipline and Calm Control

In a stealth-like manner, these horses teach PTSD suffers how to calm their “fight or flight” instincts.

Our 10-Week Program

Over the course of 10 weeks, the veterans learn to groom a horse, put on and remove a rope halter and lead, and guide the horse through a series of natural movements, such as walking, trotting, and turning.

Therapist, Patient and Horse Working as One

Using equine movement as a treatment strategy, the horse’s movement influences the patient, and the patient actively responds to the movement. The therapist directs the movement of the horse, analyzes the patient’s response, and adjusts the treatment accordingly. The movement of the horse creates a combination of sensory, motor, and neurological input. This effective strategy is integrated into the treatment plan to help each patient reach their goals.

Participants learn to respect the horse’s instincts, thereby reflecting on the congruence of feelings and actions, and they help the horse respond positively to an unfamiliar object.

Long said that although alertness can be positive and necessary for both horses and people, the program helps veterans to contain it, so it does not generate severe anxiety or the desire to isolate themselves from others.

About Our Partner Horse Play Therapy

Licensed therapists treat a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delays, genetic disorders, attention deficit disorder, and more. The therapy horses are carefully chosen for their temperament and the type of movement they produce. All are specially trained in how to perform during a therapy session and are handled by experienced horse handlers.

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MEET THE HORSES AT HORSE PLAY

Rebel

20 year old Quarter Horse

 

Rebel is a 20 year old quarter horse who spent most of his life as a barrel racer. He now enjoys life as a therapy horse and is always ready for hugs and attention. He is as sweet as they come, and a therapy favorite.

Rebel

20 year old Quarter Horse

 

Rebel is a 20 year old quarter horse who spent most of his life as a barrel racer. He now enjoys life as a therapy horse and is always ready for hugs and attention. He is as sweet as they come, and a therapy favorite.

Hipportherapy 

Hippotherapy means “treatment with the help of a horse” from the greek word “hippos”, which means horse

Hypervigilance

Is a state of mind found in people who have suffered trauma, particularly in some military personnel and veterans. Horse Play and Once a Soldier have joined to offer this new service, which aims to help those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) learn the skills they need to rewire their brains back to “normalcy.”