Hippotherapy uses the horse to give sensory input to build core strength, balance, endurance, motor coordination and confidence. Adults and children with mental, physical and emotional disabilities may benefit from hippo therapy and sensorimotor activities. Sensorimotor skills involve receiving sensory message (sensory input) and producing a response (motor output). We receive sensory information from our bodies and the environment through our sensory system (vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, vestibular and proprioception). Opportunities to manage sensory input builds strong bodies and confidence. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of hippotherapy and to schedule an evaluation!
Meet Our Occupational Therapist!
Melissa A. Wagner MS, OTR/L
Melissa’s career as an occupational therapist began with a Master of Science degree through Alvernia University in 2001. She maintains a Pennsylvania State license to “practice” OT and is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy “NBCOT.” She has been a pediatric Occupational Therapist since 2007. Melissa began taking lessons at the farm and claims it was a natural progression to hippotherapy. She and her spouse live in New Hanover and have a grown daughter who is a teacher in Brooklyn. When she isn’t at the farm riding her own horse or teaching, she enjoys reading and traveling.
To begin the process of scheduling a hippotherapy lesson, please contact Melissa today. Please note, evaluations and lessons are by appointment only. We look forward to having you on the farm!
What do we need to get started?
Medical History Form
Emergency Treatment Form
Riding Release and Waiver
What to Wear
Riders should wear long pants year round
Solid shoes with a heel or sneakers
Helmet (if you do not have a helmet, one will be provided)
Hippotherapy Lesson: $65
5 week package: $325
Hippotherapy lessons are 45-60 minutes and include a combination of sensorimotor and riding activities