Comparison of Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Programs

Comparison of Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Programs
Both programs require trained horses, a safe environment for humans and horses,
and qualified horse professionals and horse handlers.

Therapeutic Riding/Horse Assisted Activities

  • Recreation/leisure

  • Sport/Education

  • Vocational/Horse

  • Improvement in social skills, quality of life and mobility

  • Includes riding, driving, vaulting and ground work adapted as needed for individual participant

  • Goals include riding ability, acquisition of leisure skill, self accomplishment, animal/human interaction. Goals are horse related

  • Implemented by trained instructor

  • Therapists as consultants

Hippotherapy/Horse Assisted Therapy

  • Hippotherapy (HPOT)

  • Horse Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)

  • Horse Facilitated Therapy (EFT)

  • Attainment of therapy based goals as per professional designation and functional outcomes assessed during evaluation

  • Goals include improved function, rehabilitation, not necessarily horse related

  • HPOT - mounted use of the horse's movement to achieve therapy based goals

  • EFP - mounted or unmounted activities, use of equine/human relationships to achieve therapy based goals

  • EFT - mounted or unmounted activities using horse skills to achieve functional goals

  • Implemented by licensed/credentialed medical human service professional, PT, OT, SLP, or Psychologist

Main Office:

312 Brookhaven Way
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Hippotherapy/Riding Program:

NC Therapeutic Riding Center
4705 Nicks Rd
Mebane, NC 27302

(603) 512-1263
Email: Toby@nhhorsetalk.com