Publication Date

Winter 12-10-2023

Document Type

Student Project

First Advisor

Bonine, Ellen

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)


School of Interdisciplinary Health


Hippotherapy is a treatment tool that can be utilized by trained occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and physical therapists. It involves the utilization of a horse’s movement to facilitate certain sensory, adaptive, neuromotor, cognitive, and physical responses from a patient. The purpose of this project is to examine how hippotherapy as a treatment tool in physical therapy benefits children with cerebral palsy. The examination of this subject matter was conducted in a case study format. For twelve weeks, one patient with cerebral palsy’s physical therapy sessions utilizing hippotherapy were observed. During these sessions, her progress towards reaching a specific functional goal, crossing midline dynamically, was tracked. The medium of presentation of these findings is video. A video medium allows viewers of this project to be able to visualize the results for themselves as hippotherapy is a non-traditional treatment tool, and individuals may not be familiar with the ways in which hippotherapy is integrated into a physical therapist’s treatment plan.


This video can be accessed through the following link: