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Accrediting the Therapeutic Riding Industry

By Kelsey Lynch, Shannon Thieme, Julie M. Fagan

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Therapeutic horseback riding is used for people with many disabilities through out the country. However, these programs can be quite expensive for the families of the participants. Many programs are not funded and since they are not covered by insurances, most families have to pay out of pocket. However, Hippotherapy programs are covered by insurance companies because they require a PT or OT certified therapist with a few days of horse related training. Therefore, all therapeutic riding centers should increase their standards for instructors and have them all be PT/OT certified as well. This would increase funding for the therapy and lessen the burden of this therapy on families that wish to participate. This would also create another path for Pre-Vet students at Rutgers University—creating another career where they can work hand in hand with animals with out going to vet school.


Katie Carroll

Date 2012
Pages 11
Publisher Rutgers University
Department Animal Science
Language English
University Rutgers University
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals -- Therapeutic use.
  4. Autism
  5. Hippotherapy
  6. Horseback riding
  7. Horseback riding therapy
  8. Horses
  9. Mammals
  10. Occupational Therapy
  11. Physical therapy
  12. Speech and Language Therapy
  13. Therapeutic horsemanship