"Hippotherapy" refers to a medical treatment strategy using the movement of the horse to promote neuro- physiological change. Occupational, physical and speech therapists use the h...orse as a treatment tool to improve posture, strength, balance, equilibrium reactions, coordination and communication. It is not a method to teach riding.
The term "therapeutic riding" encompasses all aspects of using the horse with individuals who have physical and/or mental disabilities. This term is all-inclusive and may involve activities on or off the horse. The individual is taught not only specific riding skills, but also skills performed off the horse such as grooming
.Equine-Assisted (or Facilitated) Mental Health is an approach to treatment of various mental and behavioral disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD, using, again, a relationship with the equine as a treatment tool.