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Hippotherapy Center

Hippotherapy is a treatment approach utilized by licensed medical professionals includingphysical therapists and occupational therapists to address a variety of patient needs. Hippotherapy uses equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to assist clients in achieving functional outcomes. The Hippotherapy program at A-State involves students in both the physical therapy and occupational therapy programs. Students are trained on Hippotherapy techniques to use with a variety of clients as well as horse handling and care. During the spring semester, the students, with direct involvement from faculty, provide evaluations and Hippotherapy treatments to individuals in the community age 3-99. Common diagnoses that receive benefits from Hippotherapy include Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Motor coordination dysfunction, Stroke, Parkinsons, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Neuromuscular disorders.

If you are interested in learning more about the Hippotherapy program or participating as a future client please contact the Hippotherapy Program Director, Farley Schweighart (fschweighart@astate.edu), or call 870-972-8118.

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