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My current Physiotherapist, or Occupational Therapist, or Speech and Language Therapist,  recommended hippotherapy, what exactly does that mean?

The term hippotherapy refers to how physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor, musculoskeletal and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes. Hippotherapy exists within a medical model of treatment, in which the equine movement is a treatment tool applied by the therapist.


Are there Hippotherapists in the U.K. and Ireland?

Yes, ACPEA holds the directory for qualified physiotherapists practicing in th UK and Ireland. Hippotherapy (HPT) and Equine Facilitated Physiotherapy (EFPT) are adjuncts to physiotherapy. However, hippotherapy is not a qualification on its own. Healthcare professionals must have undertaken a recognised advancing practice qualification.


Who can provide therapy services that include Hippotherapy or Equine Facilitated Therapy?

Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists who have undertaken a recognised advancing practice in Hippotherapy qualification.


I am confused by the terminology. Where can I get some clarity for accurate communication and documentation?

Glossary of Terms

How do I find a qualified Hippotherapy or Equine Facilitated Therapist?

Find an ACPEA therapist

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