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post #1 of 4 Old 05-15-2015, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hippotherapy, How Long?

My new horse is on her way to our house. I have not had the chance to ride her yet. She is a well behaved good riding horse. I have heard and read that riding will help with different medical issues I am having. How much time on my horse would be most effective for hippotherapy? Is it something that is up to me and my horse as for what we are comfortable with? Or is it more effective to have regular time periods? (example, 30 mins / twice a day etc. )
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That completely depends on what your condition is? What you are trying to correct. What movement you are trying to improve. Or, what are you trying to strengthen.
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Even though 30 minutes isn't a long time in the therapy world it is!! Horseback riding for 30 minutes generates 5,000ish "reps" (or inputs as the hippotherapist I used to work for says). That is IMPOSSIBLE to initiate that much input in a traditional setting! Especially when training/retraining someone to walk to to improve their balance.
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Agreed, it really depends on your purpose for using the horse in your therapy. Have you spoken with your physical therapist at all? Does he or she have experience using horses in a therapeutic setting?
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