Thought, fact and quote for the day 17/4/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 17/4/12

Thought 4the day: I kept getting random emails last night but i shall mention no names about a girl asking people for simple advise about a horse. Some mentioned whips! Others said to pts :o( This horse sounds exaclty as Puzzle was. I would of told her to do what we were advised to do. Puzzle would attack more so with food involved now shes hand fed, brushed, can be rugged up, tied up, led anywher...e without even watching her as shes right behind me lol shes mixed in many groups shes a star. All we were told to use was a simple horse brush. If she went to bite us just move the brush into her path (not in a nasty manner) and let her bite it. She only did this twice. She then prefered the brush actually brushing her lol Then she tried to own us. Would trot infront of us to not let us out of the field. With this we just kept changing direction. It worked. She know comes when called. Leaves when asked. She has only gone to bite me once more and i only had myself so i blocked with my arm to her cheek. Not hard just saved me getting bitten. She used her force into my arm. Looked at me i said well ya spoilt it now and turned and walked off. Puzzle apologised in a way a horse can if you listen so i forgave her and gave her another fuss!!
Quote 4the day: life is complicated life is easy. Make it easier by telling your friend your woes and worries as they won't tell any human...... well maybe a few horses!
Fact4 the day: Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. A foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing, which can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities. Unlike therapeutic horseback riding (where specific riding skills are taught), the movement of the horse is a means to a treatment goal when utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy.


Derived from the Greek hippos (horse), "hippotherapy" literally refers to treatment or therapy aided by a horse. The concept of hippotherapy finds its earliest recorded mention in the ancient Greek writings of Hippocrates. However, hippotherapy as a formalized discipline was not developed until the 1960s, when it began to be used in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as an adjunct to traditional physical therapy. In Germany hippotherapy was treatment by a physiotherapist, a specially trained horse, and a horse handler. The theories of physiotherapy practice were applied; the physiotherapist gave directives to the horse handler as to the gait, tempo, cadence, and direction for the horse to perform. The movement of the horse was carefully modulated to influence neuromuscular changes in the patient. The first standardized hippotherapy curriculum would be formulated in the late 1980s by a group of Canadian and American therapists who traveled to Germany to learn about hippotherapy and would bring the new discipline back to North America upon their return. The discipline was formalized in the United States in 1992 with the formation of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). Since its inception, the AHA has established official standards of practice and formalized therapist educational curriculum processes for occupational, physical and speech therapists in the United States.

Modern hippotherapy
Animal-assisted therapy

Equine-assisted therapy is an umbrella term for therapy incorporating the equine environment into a treatment session within the scope of a therapist's practice and professional designation. Physical and occupational therapists, physical and occupational therapy assistants, and speech and language pathologists practicing hippotherapy incorporate the horse's movement into the total care plan for their patients.

In the mental-health field, social workers, psychologists and mental-health providers may incorporate equine-assisted psychotherapy into their treatment sessions. This is different from hippotherapy, where the movement of the horse influences or facilitates an adaptive response in the patient. Forms of equine assisted psychotherapy may have the patient on or off the horse, and the treatment is not focused on a set of specific movements for the horse to produce an adaptive response in the patient.

In the United States, the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) offers education to therapists, promotes research in equine assisted therapy and provides continuing education courses.

The role of the horse

The horse's pelvis has a similar three-dimensional movement to the human's pelvis at the walk. The horse's movement is carefully graded at the walk in each treatment for the patient. This movement provides physical and sensory input which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The variability of the horse's gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of input to the patient and use this movement in combination with other treatment strategies to achieve desired therapy goals or functional outcomes. In addition, the three-dimensional movement of the horse's pelvis leads to a movement response in the patient's pelvis which is similar to the movement patterns of human walking. A foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing, which can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities and address functional outcomes and therapy goals.
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