Level 1 Hippotherapy Treatment Course

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When: August 9 – 12, 2018

Where: The Red Barn – 2700 Bailey Rd SW Leeds, AL

The Level l course is required to become eligible for PATH. Intl Registered Therapist Status and recommended for the HPCS certification.  (Attendance and participation in all 4-day is required, this course is a pre-requisite for attending an AHA Level II TP Course.)

Day 1 activities provide hands-on course information targeting therapists interested in including equine movement in their practice.  The focus on the course is on non-mounted equine skills, quality horse handling, coaching volunteers and team members and horse selection/retirement issues. Participants will work with horses in teams of two to four, with a faculty/student ratio of 1:15, allowing an opportunity for demonstration, practice and individualized feedback and instruction.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for entry level therapists (OT, COTAs) utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy and those in or working with hippotherapy teams.  Hands on practicums with horses are included in this course. It can be attended by graduate occupational, speech and physical therapists in their last semester of graduate school.  Horse handlers that work in the hippotherapy team will benefit from the focus on obtaining quality movement and understanding the “body language” of the horse.  Non-therapists who are members of the hippotherapy team may only attend with the treating therapist on their team.

Course Objectives Include:

  • Correctly interpret the “body language” of the horse. Identify and name key anatomical points of the horse.
  • Recognize elements of desirable conformation of the horse.
  • Recognize and identify the four natural gaits of the horse.
  • Obtain desirable qualities of the horse’s movement when leading.
  • Recognize unsoundness in a moving horse.
  • Recognize the signs of stress/burnout in the horse during practicums.
  • Demonstrate safe, correct leading techniques with basic school figures.
  • Demonstrate kind and humane treatment of the horse at all times.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the “Intro to Equine Skills” online course, with certificate of completion submitted to the Host Facility at leasta 2 weeks prior to the first day of the course.

Days 2-4 of the course are designed for entry level therapists utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy and those in or working with hippotherapy teams.  Hands on practicums are available in this course. It can be attended by graduate occupational, speech and physical therapists. Horse handlers and riding instructors who are members of the Hippotherapy Team are encouraged to attend.  They must attend with the treating therapist on their team. The curriculum may be utilized only under conditions set forth by AHA, Inc.

Intended Audience:

OT, COTA, and OT Graduate Students interested in learning about HPOT, those already working in HPOT and want to learn the basic applications.

Course Objectives include:

  • Know and understand the definition of Hippotherapy.
  • Understand how the horse’s movement affects human systems – A System’s Approach.
  • Describe possible responses of a patient to the movement of the horse’s walk.
  • Describe the unique contributions of the horse’s movement as a treatment strategy and potential benefit for the patient.
  • Understand the importance of the hippotherapy horse’s suitability and movement.
  • Describe the appropriate methods of horse handling during a hippotherapy session.
  • Describe the selection and use of hippotherapy equipment for the horse and patient.
  • Identify all factors that contribute to safety in the hippotherapy session.
  • Identify key considerations for patient selection for hippotherapy including specific contraindications and precautions.
  • Describe the key elements of patient evaluation and treatment planning.
  • Describe methods of maximizing effects of hippotherapy, including school figures and movement progressions.
  • Describe safe methods of transitioning on and off the horse.
  • Have a working knowledge of potential emergencies and appropriate procedures.
  • Describe the roles of the hippotherapy team members.
  • Understand the business aspects related to hippotherapy including documentation, record keeping, reimbursement issues and insurance.
  • Demonstrate kind and humane treatment of the horse at all times.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the “Intro to Equine Skills” online course, with certificate of completion submitted to the Host Facility at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of the course. Failure to complete and pass the test within this time frame may mean forfeiture of registration fees as well as dismissal from the course.
For more information, contact Ellen Davis at ellen@theredbarn.org
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