Hippotherapy - PT09


A Therapeutic Treatment Strategy

by Kate Violette, PT, DPT, CSCS and Mary Ann Wilmarth, DPT, PT, OCS, MTC, Cert.MDT, CIDN, CEAS
(4.5 / 266 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Hippotherapy, a word of Greek origin meaning treatment with the help of a horse, is defined by the American Hippotherapy Association as a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that uses equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. The goal of this module is to educate PTs about hippotherapy and improve their ability to identify clients for referral to an appropriate facility. 


The goal of this module is to educate physical therapists about hippotherapy and improve their ability to identify suitable clients for referral to an appropriate facility. Following the completion of this manuscript, the reader will be able to:
  • Understand the usefulness of hippotherapy as a specialty in physical therapy.
  • Compare hippotherapy and its biomechanical benefits with therapeutic riding.
  • Identify appropriate clients for referral to hippotherapy.

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from October 21, 2009 to October 20, 2018.
This activity is provided by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of continuing education by The North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from March 8, 2009 through March 8, 2010.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2016.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 09S0443, expiration date 3/30/10; approval no. 10S0564 for 3/31/10 to 3/31/11; 11S0675 for 03/02/11 to 03/02/12; 12S0645 for 03/03/12 to 03/03/13; 13S0249 for 03/04/13 to 03/04/14; 14S0336 for 03/05/14 to 03/05/15; 15S0595 for 03/06/15 to 03/06/16; 16S0782 for 03/07/16 to 03/07/17).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP90013868, expiration date 12/31/09; CP100013874 for 01/01/10 to 12/31/10; CP110015416 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120417122 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019628 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021437 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024006 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27105 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 45326A for 3/30/09 through 3/29/10).
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 3736 for 05/01/11 to 04/30/12; 4247 for 05/01/12 to 04/30/13, 4988 for 05/01/13 to 04/30/14, 5476 for 05/01/14 to 04/30/15; 6037 for 05/01/15 to 04/30/16).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003841 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006778 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 634-2009, expiration date 1/31/10; approval no. 410-2010 for 2/1/10 to 1/31/12; 104-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 192-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-355 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/24/11 to 03/23/15; 03/16/15 TO 03/16/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-2797 for 4/1/09 through 4/1/10; approval no. 437.3268 for 4/1/10 to 4/1/11; 437-3775 for 4/1/2011 to 4/1/2012; 437-4205 for 04/01/12 to 04/01/13; 437-4782 for 04/01/13 to 04/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 1340.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 3/30/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/30/2009
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2016


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Janice R - North Canton, OH  ·  Jul 11, 2016
Interesting and well written
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John L - Victor, NY  ·  Jun 17, 2016
Good review of historical perspective, horse movements, and therapeutic indications.
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Sandra K - Modesto, CA  ·  Jun 09, 2016
Good information; good use of studies
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Gara B - Loveland, CO  ·  Jun 01, 2016
Good information about hippotherapy. Would like more info on how to become certified in hipportherapy
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James R - Gainesville, VA  ·  Apr 29, 2016
Brings light to a form of skilled intervention not talked about much within our profession. Allows for compiled recent data for further investigation into the intervention and its benefits.
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