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Therapy that involves hugging horses - sign me up! Okay, so I don’t know if hippotherapy always involves hugging, but it’s definitely therapy with horses involved. Doesn’t that sound fab! And the benefits can be incredible. Hippotherapy has been linked to improved physical and emotional well-being and is a great way to work on balance, coordination and communication skills.

Let’s giddy up and explore what makes hippotherapy so unique and beneficial under the NDIS umbrella.

1. Physical Strength and Balance: The movement of a horse mimics the natural gait of humans, helping riders develop muscle strength, coordination, and balance. Imagine the core strength needed to ride, all while having a blast on a gentle trot!

2. Emotional Well-being: Just being around these gentle giants can soothe the soul. The bond between rider and horse can foster feelings of trust, confidence, and emotional connection. It's a therapy that speaks to the heart.

3. Motor Coordination: As riders learn to control and guide the horse, they're also fine-tuning their motor skills. It’s a hands-on (or should I say 'reins-on'?) way to enhance hand-eye coordination.

4. Communication Skills: Interacting with horses requires a unique form of non-verbal communication. Riders learn cues, gestures, and sounds to guide their equine pals, boosting their non-verbal comm skills.

5. Sensory Processing: The varied sensory experiences of riding - from the rhythm of the horse's movements to the feeling of the breeze as you trot along – it's all a lovely way to engage and stimulate the senses.

6. Social Interaction: Beyond the horse, there's also a team of therapists and handlers involved. Regular sessions mean building relationships, understanding teamwork, and cultivating a sense of community.

7. Achieving Goals: Whether it's mastering a new riding skill or overcoming a personal challenge, hippotherapy provides tangible milestones. And there’s no feeling quite like the pride of achieving a goal atop a horse.

So, whether you're in it for the chance to bond with these beautiful animals or the myriad therapeutic benefits they bring, hippotherapy is worth taking the reins on. I reckon it's a blend of adventure, therapy, and a whole lot of heart.

While I've put my heart into aligning these tips with your NDIS path, the road can have its twists. Remember, these are just suggestions. Dive in, explore, and find what truly works for you. Sending you all my best vibes!

You're the best judge of whether this service fits your child's goals or not.