POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 11:44am
DIANA, TX — A U.S. congressman saw evidence this week that the back of a walking horse delivers physical, occupational and other therapies better than an air-filled exercise ball.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert also learned that insurance will pay for the balancing ball but not the horseback workouts called hippotherapy.
“It makes sense, now that I’ve seen it,” Gohmert said after watching a horse and rider wired with electrodes that captured the interplay of muscles of both. “This trains a body to do movements it wouldn’t do in an ordinary physical therapy session.”
Gohmert, R-Tyler, had been invited to Windridge Equestrian Therapeutic Center of East Texas to see research that hippotherapy centers across the country are waiting to see.
“Windridge is researching the benefits of working with an experienced horse handler to get the maximum benefit from therapeutic horsemanship,” the CEO of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International wrote Gohmert in a letter from PATH dated Tuesday. “Which is another validation of the importance of PATH International centers.”
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