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Hippotherapy and features of horses used in therapyHippoterapi ve terapide kullanilan atlarin ozellikleri

By A. Koseman, I. Seker

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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
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 195-201
ISBN/ISSN 1304-7280
Language Turkish
Author Address Inonu Universitesi Akcadag Meslek Yuksekokulu Bitkisel ve Hayvansal Uretim Bolumu, Malatya, Turkey.abdurrahman.koseman@inonu.edu.tr
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  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animals
  3. Asia
  4. Behavioral disorders
  5. Body temperature
  6. Central nervous system
  7. Developing countries
  8. Horses
  9. Mammals
  10. Mediterranean region
  11. OECD countries
  12. Psychomotor Performance
  13. Psychotherapy
  14. regions
  15. systems
  16. therapy
  17. Turkey
  18. ungulates
  19. vertebrates