Atlantic magazine published an interesting article on the federal government denying hippotherapy treatment for the special-needs daughter of a Navy captain.

The officer’s family is covered under the military’s TRICARE health insurance program, which said in a decision that the therapy was an “unproven treatment” that “has not been proven safe and effective by reliable evidence.”

Hippotherapy, loosely explained, involves riding horses to strengthen certain muscle groups and improve balance and posture. The Navy captain’s daughter suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and brain disorders.