American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA, Inc.)
The AhA promotes the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions for people living with disabilities. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being.
North American Riding for the Handicapped Assoc Inc.
Since 1969, the NARHA has provided Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy (EAAT) programs in the United States and Canada through its network of nearly 800 member centers. Each year, dozens of new centers initiate new programs and more than 38,000 individuals with disabilities benefit from activities which include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine assisted psychotherapy, driving, interactive vaulting, and competition.
A section of NARHA, the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA), founded in 1996, provides equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) for people with psychological issues and mental health needs, including anxiety, depression, and autism. EFP is facilitated by a licensed, credentialed mental health professional that works with an appropriately credentialed equine professional, or is dually credentialed as an equine professional.
Stable Possibilities, LLC chooses to use hippotherapy, along with the patientís clinical treatment, to provide the most dynamic and productive treatment for our clients. The active and symmetrical movements of the horse provides the correct approximation of gait, facilitates more integrative perceptual motor skills, and provides the input into vestibular, tactile, and proprioceptive systems simultaneously.