The aim of this study is to highlight both the hippotherapy, which is used as a method of therapy for mentally and physically disabled individuals and features of horses used in therapy. Shortly, hippotherapy, which means "the therapy by means of a horse", has neuro-physiological mechanism. Hippotherapy is applied especially on individuals who have usually perception, speech, communication, social behaviour, and psychomotor problems because of its advantage for the handicapped social integration. This method is used by means of horses' body temperature and rhythmic movements to maintain therapeutic effects on the central nervous system of the handicapped. In the therapy of mentally and physically disabled individuals, the presence of qualified horses is as substantial as a trained and qualified team. Hippotherapy horses proper for the aim are determined in respect to their body structure and psycho-behavioural characteristics.
|Publication Title||Erciyes Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi|
|Author Address||Inonu Universitesi Akcadag Meslek Yuksekokulu Bitkisel ve Hayvansal Uretim Bolumu, Malatya, Turkey.email@example.com|
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