The Mountain HOPE Foundation is a hippotherapy program located in Summit County, Colorado. The non-profit organization is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl). The Mountain HOPE Foundation has also received grants from The Summit Foundation, the Town of Frisco, the Town of Breckenridge and several private donors.
HOPE stands for ''horses offering people empowerment'' and that's exactly what this program is designed to do. The Mountain HOPE Foundation assists individuals with mobility dysfunction stemming from causes including cerebral palsy, autism, and brain injuries. In order to participate in the program, each participant must have a medical prescription. In addition, an occupational therapist or physical therapist is assigned to each participant enrolled in the program. The program utilizes hippotherapy, which is best described as movement that is variable, rhythmic and repetitive as a result of the horse's walk. This movement is similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. Hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function and may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions.
To learn more about the Mountain HOPE Foundation, please call 970-453-4673 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.