Definition of hippotherapy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhipōˈTHerəpē/


The use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength: during hippotherapy a person with cerebral palsy can benefit from trying to maintain balance in response to a horse’s motion
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  • The results were compared against results for the same children during an eight-week period without hippotherapy.
  • In fact Esha is having hippotherapy, a little known treatment for profoundly disabled children which appears to be having some stunning results.
  • The changes in Gigi are not lost on her mother, who first learned of hippotherapy through television.


1980s: from Greek hippos 'horse' + therapy.

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Syllabification: hip·po·ther·a·py

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