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Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Mackenzie Feldhacker


Intergenerational Prograhippotherapy, equine-assisted therapy, pediatrics, occupational therapy, trauma-based programm, Occupation-based Intergenerational Program, Generations

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone experience was to obtain advanced clinical knowledge in this specialty occupational therapy practice area through implementation of evidence-based intervention. The objectives for this capstone experience were for the student to (a) develop specialized skills utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy; (b) establish outcome measures to determine effectiveness of hippotherapy treatment in clients with varying conditions; and (c) create a mental health-based program for children who have experienced trauma. This 14-week capstone experience took place in Davie, Florida at Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center and included components of advanced clinical practice and program development. The advanced clinical practice area involved implementing hippotherapy intervention in occupational therapy practice. This utilized hippotherapy intervention as a therapeutic intervention strategy to promote therapy outcomes in occupational therapy. The program development portion of the project consisted of developing a trauma-based, equine-assisted therapy program for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. This capstone experience further demonstrates how the use of hippotherapy and equine-assisted therapy intervention in occupational therapy can improve occupational outcomes for children and adolescents through provision of physical, cognitive, emotional, sensory, and social experiences. Additionally, it demonstrated the appropriateness of recommending a trauma-based, equine-assisted therapy program involving occupational therapists and psychologists. Lastly, the knowledge gained from the capstone experience further indicates the need to perform specific research on the topic and determine the appropriate intervention strategy to promote improved performance.