Rice students’ hippotherapy device could help patients recover movement, balance

Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:18 PM | Amy Kavalewitz (Administrator)

6-legged ‘horse’ rides to the rescue

MIKE WILLIAMS

 – APRIL 26, 2018

Rice University students are working toward a long-standing goal of making the benefits of hippotherapy – equine-assisted therapy – available to those without access to a real horse.

The students’ robotic device adds levels of sophistication to the project started several years ago. Their steed, named Stewie, is more comfortable and they believe more controllable for riders with neurological or movement disorders or problems with balance who could gain physical and mental benefits.

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