Hippotherapy

Become a Rider

Download our rider information packet and application below to learn more about our in-take process, programs and assessment.

Scholarships

Aproximately 70% of our riders are on scholarship. The pack includes all information including qualifying factors and application.

ABOUT HIPPOTHERAPY

hippotherapy session with child on horse

Hippotherapy is a treatment approach conducted by a licensed physical therapist, occupation therapist, or speech therapist. Therapists use the horse, it's movement, and warmth as a tool in therapy sessions. Therapists address client’s goals as they would in a hospital, rehabilitation center, or outpatient center. The horse’s walk is very similar to the walking pattern of the human and thus facilitates the same pelvic and leg movements of the human walk. In one 30-minute session participants experience an average of 3,600 repetitions of this movement. Hippotherapy sessions focus on improving gross motor skills, sensorimotor function, breath control etc.

It Works For

  • Strengthens muscles
  • Increases stamina
  • Improves posture and fine motor skills
  • Horse's movement facilitates the same pelvic and leg movement of the human walk
  • Increases memory, comprehension and concentration by challenging cognition and communication skills
  • The horse "teaches" respect, patience, attention, and focus
  • Replaces therapy burnout with enthusiasm
  • Empowers riders and helps them build self-esteem
  • Encourages and promotes social interactions between fellow riders and instructors

It Works For

  • Developmental delays
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • PTSD
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Visual and hearing impaired
  • Severe depression and anxiety

Want to see Hippotherapy in action?

Click the button on the right to see riders, therapists, and our horses in session.

New Heights Therapeutic Riding is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Folsom, Louisiana right outside of New Orleans. We help people who have physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties reach their full potential through equine therapy.

Calendar

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22Feb

Mardi Gras Holidays- No Lessons

22 Feb, 2020 — 28 Feb, 2020   
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    22 Feb, 2020 — 28 Feb, 2020
25Feb
25Feb

Mardi Gras- Office Closed

25 Feb, 2020 — 25 Feb, 2020   
  • Time
    25 Feb, 2020 — 25 Feb, 2020
13Mar
13Mar

No Lessons

13 Mar, 2020 — 13 Mar, 2020   
  • Time
    13 Mar, 2020 — 13 Mar, 2020

Get in Touch

Address: 82302 Holliday Road       Folsom, LA 70437

Phone Number: (985) 796-4600    

Email: Info@NewHeightsTherapy.org

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