Through research and investigation, the author explored the history and benefits of hippotherapy on individuals with special needs. The researcher compared horse therapy to that of other forms of Animal Assisted Therapy, or AAT, defining the key differences between hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. With the use of observations and interviews, the author investigated the advantages of hippotherapy on a child with a developmental delay and moderate cognitive disability, and a child with autism. The researcher noted high interest levels, positive demeanors, and quick response rates while implementing hippotherapy strategies with students with special needs. While enrolled in SPCED 299X, a course on the Ball State University campus, the author had a chance to use knowledge of special education and MT in order to plan for procedures used throughout the future Blackford County High Riding Art and Equestrian Camp.
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