Hippotherapy means "treatment with the help of a horse."  Physical, speech or occupational therapists use the horse as a tool to achieve specific functional goals.  The movement of the horse partnered with the position of the rider work to improve neurological function and sensory processing.  Riders as young as 18 months can benefit from this program.  Hippotherapy has been used to treat patients with neurological and other disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, head injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury.