Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part I On-Site Format

Early Registration (Early registration 3 weeks prior to start of course)
 $ 875.00 
Nonmember: $ 975.00 

General Registration (Less than 3 weeks prior to start of course)
Member: $ 875.00 
Nonmember: $ 975.00 

ASHA CEUs: 2.55 
AOTA CEUs: 2.55 

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Course Details 

Intended Audience:

This course is designed as an entry-level course for therapists (PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP, and SLPA) to learn how to utilize hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy. Hands-on practicums with horses are included.  Recorded attendance and completion of the course evaluation form is required prior to receipt of the course certificate of completion. 

Course Overview: 

The AHA, Inc. Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part I On-Site is a 3-day On-Site version of the first of our Foundation Courses. Attendance and participation in all 3-days of this course is required. 

Course Prerequisites: 

  • Basic Equine Skills Course (online course) -- Must Be Completed at Least 3 weeks Prior to the Course
  • Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Online Learning Module (online course) -- Must Be Completed at Least 3 weeks Prior to the Course

The Basic Equine Skills Course and Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Online Learning Module are prerequisite for all registrants of AHA, Inc Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part I course.

Failure to complete the course successfully 3 weeks before the first day of the Part I course can result in the forfeiture of all registration fees and access to the course. 

These online prerequisites must be taken and the test passed by anyone attending a Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1 course regardless of your horse skill level. These online prerequisites focus on basic horse knowledge for any therapist wishing to incorporate equine movement into their treatment toolbox.

The test at the end is open book, and you can print the study guide if you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. The test can be taken more than once, until it is passed.

Part I Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists taking this course will gain an understanding of the principles, history, theory, and research of the application of hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) as a treatment strategy/tool within a plan of care (POC) in OT, PT and SLP practice. Therapists will observe and analyze a therapy treatment with skilled equine movement and discuss the adaptive responses in the patient. Therapists will be introduced to skilled equine movement and the effect of the horse’s conformation and movement on the systems of the human body for implementation in a POC for a variety of diagnoses and patients. The following learning outcomes will be assessed during participation in active learning activities, learner demonstration of skills during practicums, class discussions, and small group work.

  • Therapists will be able to define the term hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) and identify at least 3 primary principles of hippotherapy

  • Therapists will be able to list and describe at least 5 key considerations in patient evaluation for determining if hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) should be included in a patient’s plan of care

  • Therapists will be able to list and describe at least 6 precautions/ contraindications that should be considered when deciding on the inclusion of hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) into a patient’s plan of care and describe appropriate safety procedures during intervention

  • Therapists will be able to list and describe the 5 primary parameters with respect to matching patient impairment, size, and functional limitation and horse size, gait, and temperament for optimal and safe incorporation of hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) into a plan of care to maximize functional outcomes

  • Therapists will be able to describe the effect of hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) on at least 3 different patient diagnoses as related to their systems impairment, participation restriction, and functional outcomes through participation in a treatment planning practicum

  • Therapists will demonstrate correct documentation in writing treatment and progress notes related to the current use of equine movement in OT, PT and SLP practice

  • Therapists will be able to list 3 examples of how the therapist using skilled equine movement incorporates the AHA Best Practice Guidelines into practice.

  • Therapists will be able to cite 3 current research articles applicable to hippotherapy (skilled equine movement)
    Identify the professional relationships between AHA, Inc. and its educational offerings, PATH Intl., and the AHCB by giving 3 examples of how these relationships impact Best Practice when incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment tool into a therapy plan of care. 

On-Site Course Daily Schedule: 

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Course CEs:

  AHA, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #:   11414. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 25.5 contact hours or 2.55   CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT, Occupational Therapy Process, and Professional Issues. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Introductory

This program is offered for 2.55 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area). A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.  Contact hours are 25.5. There are no continuing education credits for the Equine Skills pre-requisite. Students will receive continuing education credits for the one day online module.

AHA, Inc. recognizes that each state has separate PT requirements for CE approval. AHA, Inc. will work with each PT professional to determine if CEUs will be available, or can be obtained. If you have any questions regarding this, please ask when registering for a course.

Cancellation  Policies:

AHA,  Inc. reserves the right to adjust course dates, times and faculty to accommodate unforeseen circumstances including cancellation of the course due to insufficient registration up to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start date. Notification will only be made to advanced registrants. Neither AHA, Inc. nor the course location is responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to such adjustments.

Participant cancellation requests must be made in writing no less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date to receive a refund, minus a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within three weeks prior to the start of the course.

 Participants may request to change their registration course dates up to two times. Any requests to switch enrollment dates after two changes may result in an additional cost.

Course Faculty: 

Faculty who are vetted to teach this course are:

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Completion of the Part I course is required for attendance at the Part II Hippotherapy Treatment Principles 

Completion of both the Part I and Part II courses is required to sit for the American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB) exam.