Heel and Toe are extremely proud to offer hippotherapy, also known as equine facilitated physiotherapy as part of our therapy offer. This unique therapy utilises the movement of a horse or pony to stimulate and challenge the riders balance, tone, muscles, sensory and vestibular systems to promote motor learning. We offer hippotherapy in partnership with Washington Riding centre, where the sessions are held.
In 2022 we conducted a pilot study, where 18 children received hippotherapy, and their outcomes were recorded in a variety of ways. We found that hippotherapy overwhelmingly promotes motor learning all the children who took part, irrespective of how much their condition affected them. Results were particularly positive in younger children with complex disabilities, as well as those working on balance with emerging walking skills.