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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The gentle, rocking motion of a horse is believed to help children with cerebral palsy by strengthening core muscles and neural connections. Researchers at Saint Louis University are trying to add to the scientific evidence. Their new study will quantify a child's disability before and after a 12-week course of weekly sessions. In a pilot study of six children, the Saint Louis University researchers found that hippotherapy significantly improved head and trunk stability. Now, they want to test 12 children and see how long the benefits last. All but one of 11 published studies showed the therapy improved the children's motor skills. But insurance companies remain suspicious.

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