Hippotherapy vs. Adaptive Riding

Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of a coordinated intervention program to reach functional goals in the areas of physical, occupational and speech-language therapy.  In contrast, adaptive riding emphasizes the acquisition of riding and horsemanship skills, both on and off the horse, in an effort to achieve physical, emotional and cognitive goals.

The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) uses the term Adaptive Riding currently known as therapeutic riding.  The Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) uses the term Therapeutic Riding.  These terms may be interchanged in the literature but HOPE Horses Helping People refers to Therapeutic Riding as Adaptive Riding.