Friday, August 14, 2009


In reference to the video about the study at Washington University

Karma Anais said...

Too bad they called it horse therapy and not occuaptional or physical therapy using equine movement or OT or PT using hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. The continue to confuse riding for people with disabilities with medical treatment that incorporates equine movement.

Certainly Tim's work is phenomenal and he's an OT! Go OT!

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Yes, by calling it "horse therapy" it makes it sound like they are treating the horse rather than providing OT. PT or SL therapy. They used the term "hippotherapy" at the beginning and at the end of the piece and "equine therapy" a few times during it, as well as using the term "horse therapy" several times. They probably thought that they were making it easier to follow by using these terms but unfortunately, I think that made it more confusing for people unfamiliar with equine assisted therapies to understand the differences.

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