Hippotherapy - PT09


A Therapeutic Treatment Strategy

by Kate Violette Spencer, PT, DPT, CSCS
(4.5 / 424 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 (AHA) 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. Clients who may benefit from hippotherapy range from slightly to severely impaired, and may be between the ages of 18 months and adulthood. Commonly treated diagnoses include developmental delay, cerebral palsy multiple sclerosis, autism, cerebrovascular accidents, and spinal cord injury, as well as orthopedic disorders and general fall prevention. Benefits of hippotherapy consistently reported in the literature include improved balance, postural stability, and gait, as well as improvement in general function and quality of life.


The goal of this hippotherapy continuing education program is to educate physical therapists about hippotherapy and improve the ability to identify suitable clients for referral to an appropriate facility. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Understand the usefulness of hippotherapy as a specialty in physical therapy
  • Compare hippotherapy and its biomechanical benefits with traditional therapy
  • Identify appropriate clients for hippotherapy

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Dept. of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/10 to 01/31/13; 1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16; and 1902004TX for 02/01/16 to 01/31/19 and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX 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 PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of continuing education by The NC PT Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 03/08/09 through 03/08/10.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/18.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 09S0443, exp. 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; 16S0782 for 03/07/16 to 03/07/17; 17S0863 for 3/8/17 to 3/8/18; 16S0769 for 3/9/18 to 3/9/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CP90013868, exp. 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; CE17-518187 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-518187 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 45326A for 3/30/09 through 3/29/10).
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE 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; 2016-162 for 05/21/16 to 05/20/17; 2017-211 for 5/21/17 to 5/20/18).
The PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE003841 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006778 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010134 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 634-2009, exp. 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; 1801-189 for 2/1/18 to1/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/24/11 to 03/23/15; 03/16/15 TO 03/16/19.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT 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 IL PT Act (section 1340.61) published by the IL Dept. of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a max. of 50% 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: 1/23/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/23/2020


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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Lynette R - Wellington, CO  ·  Oct 24, 2018
Such a great therapeutic treatment
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Carri S - Hudson, IL  ·  Sep 24, 2018
Very interesting. I wish I had the resources.
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Wendy W - Sachse, TX  ·  Sep 23, 2018
Loved the information. Very good overview and will be beneficial for my pediatric clients
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Diane T - Strafford, VT  ·  Sep 19, 2018
Great course. more therapist should refer patients Thanks
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Shaunda B - san antonio, TX  ·  Aug 24, 2018
Good intro about hippotherapy
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