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AHA Hippotherapy Level 1 Workshop



This 4 day course is an overview of the principles of hippotherapy, designed for therapists (PT, OT, SLP, COTA, PTA, SLPA) interested in utilizing HPOT as a treatment strategy. The first day puts the emphasis on the horse and the importance of the quality of the horse working in Hippotherapy. Using experiential non-mounted activities, the student will learn to interpret the body language of the horse; groom, tack, and lead the hippotherapy horse, recognize desirable confirmation, soundness, movement quality, gaits, and understand training, conditioning and humane treatment of the therapy horse.

Building on these equine skills, the participant will explore the dynamic systemof therapist, patient, horse handler, and horse as is applied with hippotherapy. Topics include:

  •  the history and development of HPOT in the U.S.
  •  understanding the biomechanical and sensory interaction of horse/human
  •  horse selection and suitability for treatment
  •  appropriate horse handling
  •  tack and equipment selection
  •  safety principles
  •  patient and horse selection
  •  precautions and contraindications
  •  patient evaluation
  •  maximizing the effects of equine movement including school figures and movement progression
  •  the role of the HPOT team members
  •  documentation
  •  business aspects
  •  current research in the effects of equine movement

Adaptive riding instructors, horse handlers, administrators, and others interested in HPOT principles are welcome to attend, teamed with their therapist. Graduate occupational, speech and physical therapists must be in their last semester of graduate school to be eligible to attend this course.

This course will be taught by AHA Faculty member, Karen Gardner.
Early Registration is on or before July 25, 2014
Late Registration is on or after July 26, 2014

To download our brochure and registration information, please click here.
To learn more about the American Hippotherapy Association, please click here.