Physical Therapy

RISE Rehab utilizes the option of equine movement or hippotherapy, which is defined as how therapists use evidence based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuro-motor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes. The term “hippo” is the Greek word for horse.

Adaptive Riding (Therapeutic Riding)

RISE Therapeutic Equestrian Center teaches horsemanship and riding skills to individuals with a special need of any kind. In addition to equestrian skills, the rider learns social, behavioral and communication skills fostering a relationship with the horse and reinforcing positive behavior in social situations.

Some of the Benefits

  • Reproduction of a person’s normal walking gait and pelvis mobility by the 3 dimensional movement of the horse.

  • Improving balance, symmetrical postural alignment and core strengthening.

  • Developing a meaningful relationship with the horse and caring staff.

  • Developing sequencing abilities and channeling aggressive behavior.

  • Improving cardiovascular wellness and functional endurance.

  • Improving communication and problem solving skills.

  • Improving ability to perform activities of daily living.

  • Improving memory and organizational skills.

  • Improving muscle tone and coordination.

  • Inspiring goals and bringing joy to life.

  • Improving gross and fine motor skills.

  • Building self esteem and confidence.

Rider Requirements. . .

In order to provide the best benefit and the safest environment for our clients, we have established guidelines for establishing who qualifies for the program:

It is recommended that clients be at least 2 years of age for Hippotherapy (equine assisted therapy).

It is recommended that clients be at least 4 years of age and be able to sit independently with adequate head, neck, and trunk control for adaptive riding.


To protect our clients, volunteers, and horses, weight guidelines have been established. These guidelines are relative to the horses and volunteers available, and will be addressed individually if problems arise (client plus tack cannot exceed 20% of the horse's weight).

New Client Forms Include. . .
  • Client Registration

  • Liability Release Agreement with Photo Release

  • Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment

  • Medical Form and Physician Statement, with physician signature

  • Rider Application Form (for adaptive riding)

  • Physician's Prescription (for therapy) with physician signature

Forms will be provided to you through our secure patient portal once the Registration Form has been received. 

After you have completed and submitted your forms, you may either contact RISE directly or one of our team members will reach out to you (within 48 hours) to schedule your initial screening by a RISE therapist or instructor.

RISE Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Home of RISE Rehab
23165 Bat Cave Rd

San Antonio, TX 78266

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