Does/has anyone's kiddo done hippotherapy? We had talked to his OT a couple years ago about it, but I wasn't convinced (mainly because of ds's behavior issues). His behavior is improving and his OT just brought it up again a couple weeks ago. She really thinks it will help with his core muscle strength and some other issues we're having. She has worked with ds (on and off) for the past 4 years. She would be doing the hippotherapy with him as well. Just looking for stories about others, wondering if it helped.
As of right now, ds is afraid of pretty much every animal and his reaction was "you will never in a million, bazillion years get me on a horse" The therapist says that they would use a little mini horse and they wouldn't force him into anything. They would start with just being around the horse, then grooming the horse, petting it, etc and work up to sitting on the horse. The OT is thinking that not only would it be good for ds's sensory issues, but it might also help him overcome his fear of animals.
The bad news is that our insurance (united healthcare) says they won't cover it. It's $150/hour and he'd do it once a week.