Welcome to the beautiful season of fall! Kids & Horses has a few exciting, upcoming events. Intero Real Estate Services in Gardnerville (1362 US-395) is hosting a Chili Cook-Off on October 13th from 11am-4pm. It is $5 for a person to attend. Since all proceeds will be going to Kids & Horses, we highly encourage all of you to make an appearance there and wear your Kids & Horses apparel. We want to spread our name through the community as well as thank them for supporting our program. Mark your calendars for the Kids & Horses 2nd Annual FALL FESTIVAL! Everyone had a blast last year, and we want to make it happen again. It will be on Saturday, October 27th from 12pm-3pm. Our Facebook page and website have all the details.

While being a part of Kids & Horses, you may have heard several terms that you weren’t quite sure of their meanings or how to explain them. We thought that we would list a few of the terms with their explanations. It may come in handy in sharing about Kids & Horses and the services we offer.

 Hippotherapy- According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), “The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes.” In simpler terms, a licensed therapist uses the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy. The horse is engaged as a tool just as a therapist uses a ball or swing.   Within center walls, the term hippotherapy is often just referred to as therapy. This helps prevent confusion since some people begin to think that “hippotherapy” is a separate therapy all-together.

Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding- Both adaptive riding and therapeutic riding are used to describe horseback riding lessons for individuals with special needs. In some riding centers, you commonly hear the term “therapeutic riding”. This is the term that the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.) employs. You might ask, if they mean the same thing, then why did Kids & Horses choose to adopt the less popular term “adaptive riding”? In the words of Saebra Pipoly, an advanced adaptive riding instructor and program director of a center in Arizona,

I personally chose to use the term “Adaptive Riding” or “Adaptive Horsemanship” instead of “Therapeutic Riding” or “Therapeutic Horsemanship” when referring to my line of work and the services I provide because of how easily the word therapeutic can be misinterpreted and morph into the word therapy…”

Many people don’t realize the difference between the two words. Below are the definitions that Pipoly provides in her article.

THERAPEUTIC: A common term to define an activity that has a benefit to the overall function of an individual…

THERAPY: Treatment interventions provided by a licensed/credentialed health professional such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologists (and licensed assistants), psychologist, social worker, or MD, among others.

Adaptive riding refers to riding lessons given by a certified instructor. Instructors teach riding skills as a recreational activity. However, don’t be confused. There are many amazing therapeutic benefits that become evident through adaptive riding. Referring to it as adaptive riding makes a clear distinction between the two different services and prevents confusion among the client’s families, volunteers, donors, insurance companies, and the community in general.

These are the official terms of the services that many centers, including Kids & Horses, offer. Other terms such as “horse therapy” aren’t recommended as they may lead to confusion and aren’t recognized by AHA or PATH Intl. Kids & Horses proudly offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and adaptive riding.

Thank you all so much for being a part of the Kids & Horses family. There are no words to express how thankful we are for each of you. If you would like to read Pipoly’s article yourself, click here.