Hippotherapy is a specialized treatment strategy in which the movement of a horse is used in physical, occupational and speech therapy to enhance the functional skills of patients with disabilities
D'Youville College established the LET'S GO! Hippotherapy Program (Lost Elms Therapy Services: Great Opportunities) in 2008 under the leadership of Sarah P. Pictor, PT, DPT, PCS, a clinical associate professor in the Physical Therapy Department.
In its five years of operation, D'Youville was home to the nation's only college-endorsed hippotherapy program, supporting faculty involvement, student volunteerism and encouraging faculty and student research.
In December 2012, D'Youville transitioned administration and management of the program to Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora. The hippotherapy program was renamed Lothlorien TRC Therapy Services.
- D'Youville students in physical and occupational therapy (as well as other majors) can gain hands-on experience as volunteers through the Student Hippotherapy Club.
- Lothlorien TRC Therapy Services serves as clinical practice and research site for students and faculty interested in using hippotherapy as a treatment strategy.
- Research opportunities for graduate students and faculty include equine movement analysis and treatment efficacies.
Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center was established in 1983 to provide recreational horsemanship and horseback riding opportunities for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Its mission is to assist individuals to develop their highest potential through therapeutically based equine activities. Lothlorien has been involved with LET'S GO! from the start, providing equestrian training and care.
To schedule hippotherapy services or learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Maggie McCooey at Lothlorien (716) 655-1335.
For information about the DYC Hippotherapy Club, contact Dr. Sarah Pictor at (716) 829-7827 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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