About Us

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

To offer therapy from licensed/certified physical and occupational therapists using the horse as a tool to develop strength, balance, posture, muscle tone moderation (relaxation or increased tone), motor planning, body awareness, task focus and confidence.

Who We Are

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our founder, Dawn Speece, started Focus Hippotherapy in 1993, a program that links horses with physical and occupational therapies to serve children with special needs. Dawn received her Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health with a Certificate in Physical Therapy in 1975 from The Ohio State University.

Dawn has provided physical therapy services for students in the Mahoning County Schools since 1989.  She was an Autism Scholarship Provider for 3 years and a 4-H equine advisor for 8 years. She has worked closely with the Physical Therapy program and Youngstown State University on case studies and research involving hippotherapy.

What We Do

Our Mission

What We Do

This Hippotherapy program has served the tri-county area for over 20 years working with individuals with challenges such as:

φ Cerebal Palsy

φ Spinal cord injury

φ Autism

φ Traumatic Brain Injury

φ Down Syndrome

φ Developmental Delay

φ Adults afflicted with spinal cord injury      

φ Spina bifida

Memberships Include:

φ The American Physical Therapy Association

φ The American Hippotherapy Association

φ American Quarter Horse Association

φ Ohio Quarter Horse Association

φ Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association


 We offer a full summer program and a limited fall program; with opportunities for a work-site for classes serving students with challenges in area schools.

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Focus Hippotherapy a 501(c)3

PO Box 772 Canfield, OH 44406



Monday - Friday: 7am - 7pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed