“I believe that horses bring out the best in us. They judge us not by how we look, what we’re wearing or how powerful or rich we are, they judge us in terms of sensitivity, consistency, and patience. They demand standards of behavior and levels of kindness that we, as humans , then strive to maintain”

- Clare Baldin

About Heather Meyer

Heather Meyer is a COTA-L, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and a member of the American Hippotherapy Association. She is licensed to provide Occupational Therapy in New York and Connecticut. Heather brings over three decades of experience in the field of pediatric OT. 

In 2000, Heather co- founded OT Kids, a therapeutic agency which provides OT, PT and Speech services to children ages birth through five in and around Westchester County.  OT Kids has served over 4,000 children with special needs. In 2005, Heather co-founded Sensory Space Design, a company that planned, designed and constructed sensory spaces in schools and private clinics. Notably, Sensory Space Design donated rooms to schools in areas affected by disasters, like post-Katrina New Orleans. 

Heather’s range of experience includes global developmental delay, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, CP, Orthopedic, Chromosomal and Genetic disorders. Heather utilizes her training as a YT-200 Yoga teacher to help children practice breathwork to improve their overall body awareness. In 2020 Heather began her Hippotherapy training which enabled her to partner with horses in her therapy practice. She has found the results to be astoundingly effective in treating a wide range of diagnoses. Heather, her husband George and their son Wyatt reside in North Salem and their home has recently been certified and opened for foster children.  The family enjoys a good Netflix binge but can also be found taking long walks with their dogs Hannah and Virgil.


I believe that every child, with or without the ability to ambulate independently should experience moving through space on the back of a horse.

There are few modalities available in a clinical setting that we can say stimulate so many different systems simultaneously. The impact is dynamic and powerful, and I’ve observed impressive gains in our participants.

non-verbal participants

Our participants that are non-verbal often develop a special bond with the horses and we encourage them to communicate with us and our horses using augmented communication. We may use a push activated “switch” to tell the horse to “go” or “stop”. This is a wonderful way to develop a sense of autonomy and self-engaged movement that they might not typically have.