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You asked? "What's the Difference between Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding?"

The Answer: 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 (commonly known as the PATH Therapeutic Riding method) where specific riding skills are taught, Hippotherapy is the movement of the horse is a means to a treatment goal, utilizing the protocol as a treatment strategy. Hippotherapy has been used to treat patients with neurological or other disabilities, such as autism

A Grant from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Launches The Final Construction Phase of the Ligonie

Ligonier, PA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation have provided a fifth year grant for a total of more than $100,000 to help kick start the second and final development phase of the Center’s indoor arena project in Ligonier, PA. The Center opened in August 2016 offering therapy services to include equine-assisted psychotherapy and counseling, physical, occupational and speech therapy for people with physical and mental health challenges. “Horses are the main element in the treatment plans as they have natural characteristics that facilitate positive emotional and physical changes in humans,” states Catherine Markosky, Owner and Operator of the Ligonier Therapeutic Center and certified Equi

EAGALA - equine-assisted psychotherapy and equine-assisted counseling services at the LTC in 2018

Here, at the Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Ligonier, PA, we have created an environment where at risk youth, veterans, military members and their families can come together to facilitate healing and strengthen relationships through equine interaction and outdoor activities in a peaceful farm setting. In addition to mental health services, EAGALA at the LTC can also provide experiential education such as Leadership Development and Team Building with corporate groups or schools. #equinetherapy #EAGALA #VeteranServices #Hippotherapy #PTSD #atriskyouth #campsfortroubledyouth #horsecamp #leadershipforyouth

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