Berkeley Parents Network
Google Custom Search
Home Members Post a Msg Reviews Advice Subscribe Help/FAQ What's New

Hippotherapy (Equine Therapy)

Berkeley Parents Network > Reviews > Therapists, Counseling , & Support Groups > Hippotherapy (Equine Therapy)


Oct 2003

Re: Sensory Integration Disorder
For Equine Therapy, (hippotherapy) I recommend Halleck Creek Riding Club in Nicasio. It's a no cost program for kids of all ages with disabilities. It takes about an hour to get there from Berkeley and is well worth the drive. For more information call the director, Julie Cassel, at 415-662-2488. beverly


Regarding equine or ''hippotherapy'' - it's great stuff, and wonderful for kids with sensory issues. Xenophon in Orinda does a great job. They run from May through October. They usually have a waiting list, but put your name on it - things can open up more quickly than you think 925)377-0174. There is also a program in Nicasio, which is apparently free - I have no idea what it is like - call Julie, coordinator at 415)662-2488. I have heard of a program that recently started in the Oakland Hills (maybe Joaquin Miller?). Best of luck to you. sara
I can't answer all your questions, but the equine therapy is recommended for issues around propriaception. The Parelli Method of Horse-man-ship (remember the horse whisperer?) is what is best. We found a wonderful woman in Patty Millage in El Sobrante, who is studying Parelli, is training in H.A.N.D.L.E. and has a small ranch with very gentle horses. Her rates were extremely reasonable, too. Her number is 223-7249. ect
March 2003

I am looking for recommendations for hippotherapy in the Bay Area (as close to Berkeley as possible) for a 2 year old. My son has special needs including very low trunk tone and we've been told that hippotherapy would be great for him. I've looked at a few websites and made a few calls but would really like to know if anyone can recommend a good place. And, I would especially love to know about a place that might also accommodate my typically developing 4.5 year old. (Seems unfair that his brother gets to do all the fun stuff!!) Thanks!! mp


hi. my daughter (now 8 yrs old) started at Xenophon in Orinda when she was 5 yrs old. She has sensory integration dysfunction issues, including low trunk tone. she loves hippotherapy, aka therapeutic riding and it has been great for her on a lot of levels. Xenophon is a certified hippotherapy center. i believe that kids need to be 4 or 5 years old to join, and the waiting list is long ( i think that i waited a year or two). Unfortuneatly, your child's sib would not be able to ride too. The program is very labor intensive - 2 sidewalkers (volunteers), a front walker, the therapy horse and an instructor are involved. I bring my other daughter to watch and she plays with some other siblings that are waiting ring-side. i think that they are listed in information, otherwise, contact me and i'll get you the information. good luck! sara
Home   |   Post a Message  |   Subscribe  |   Help   |   Search  |   Contact Us    

this page was last updated: Oct 23, 2004


BPN is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we are building a new website! Read more, and see how you can help: BerkeleyParentsNetwork.org

The opinions and statements expressed on this website are those of parents who subscribe to the Berkeley Parents Network.
Please see Disclaimer & Usage for information about using content on this website.    Copyright © 1996-2014 Berkeley Parents Network