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Gift of Horses
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.44

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     challenging words:    hippotherapy, willful, equine, bad-tempered, better, enrolled, independence, appreciation, multiple, difficulty, judgment, value, improve, benefits, emotional, sterile
     content words:    United States


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Gift of Horses
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     When you hear the word "hippotherapy," what do you think of? A hippo in a hot tub? Perhaps a hippo getting a massage? It's nothing like that at all. Hippo is the Greek word for horse. Hippotherapy is the use of horses to improve health.
 
2     You may not have heard of it before, but using horses as part of physical therapy began in the U.S. and Germany in the 1960s. It was slow to catch on, but now there are hundreds of centers for equine or hippotherapy in the United States alone.
 
3     The benefits of riding horses have been known since the fifth century B.C. Those who rode horses often had better balance, muscular strength, and confidence. Despite that, the use of horses as part of a regular therapy program has been around less than half a century.

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