If you’re not already familiar with hippotherapy (on a horse), or equine-assisted therapy (on or with a horse), this concept could seem odd. Therapists are usually found in doctors’ offices and medical facilities, not in barns, right? But the practice of using horses in physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy has been around since the 60s, and for two therapists in south Florida, these gentle giants were the key to better serving their patients.
Susan March and Kathleen Pegues, a physical therapist and occupational therapist respectively, felt limited by traditional therapy protocols just a few years into their careers. Determined to find more innovative ways to help patients achieve their goals, they paid a visit a hippotherapy program to see what it was all about. What they learned both surprised and inspired them.