Therapeutic Horse Lessons At Lakota Ranch

Pat and Arby Littlesoldier, Greenville Speech & Language and Lakota Ranch, have completed Level II AHA Training
We are eligible to receive Veterans, and all speech impairments for therapy

AHA - American Hippotherapy Association  - AHA, Inc is recognized as part of the international community that provides education, facilitates research and promotes Equine Assisted Therapy as an effective treatment strategy that improves the quality of life for Ridingindividuals with disabilities.
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PATH - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. 
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HIPPO - A Greek Word Meaning Horse
THERAPY - Defined As Treatment Intended To relieve Or Heal A Disorder

Hippotherapy Vs. Riding Therapy - What is the difference between Hippotherapy and Riding Therapy?

Hippotherapy is a treatment session performed by a licensed medical professional in speech therapy, physical, or occupational therapy with specialised training and certification.  The movement of the horse aids in therapy foals and functional outcomes. therapy

Riding Therapy is an activity in which the patient/client is taught riding and horsemanship skills to increase their independence and quality of life.

    • Facilitated motor skills for speech production
    • Facilitated information processing and language organization
    • Relevant content/context environment
    • Functional applications improve wellness and medical conditions
    • Integrated tasks
    • Speech and language cannot be separated from the rest of human form and function. 
    • Efficient speech production and language use depend upon the integrity of overall human physiology
    • The natural variability of the equine environment promotes active problem solving.  This credibility can be minimized or maximized.
    • The horse and the equine environment is motivational in several aspects - developing relationships, gaining control, enhancing mobility and providing opportunities for risk taking.


Contact us today to see how therapeutic riding can benefit your loved one!

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    This little guy is sitting backwards on the pony to improve balance & spatial concepts.
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