Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part II

Early Registration (Early registration 3 weeks prior to start of course)
 $ 950.00 
Nonmember: $ 1050.00 

General Registration (Less than 3 weeks prior to start of course)
Member: $ 1050.00 
Nonmember: $ 1150.00 

ASHA CEUs: 2.65 
AOTA CEUs: 2.65  

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Intended Audience:

This course is designed for licensed PT’’s, OTs, SLPs, PTAs, OTAs, and SLPA’s and it is strongly recommended that therapists complete 30 hours incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy prior to taking Part II to most effectively benefit from the treatment sessions conducted during the course.  Attending therapists must attend all four days of the course to receive a certificate of attendance.


AHA, Inc Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1. Please upload a copy of your Part I certificate with registration.

*** You must have attended the Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Part I course within the last five years in order to attend the Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Part II course. Due to the pandemic, we do not include the years of 2020 and 2021 in the five year requirement. Therefore, if you attended the Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Part I course prior to 2015, you must retake the Part I course (either the in-person or webinar format) at your own expense before you can attend the Part II course. There is a significant price reduction for the Part I webinar format for those needing to re-take it.  There is no price reduction for the onsite, in-person Part I format. Please contact our Education Manager, Lasha Guillen at [email protected] for more information.***


Course Overview:

This course is designed for licensed PT’s, OTs, SLPs, PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs who have completed the AHA, Inc. Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part I In-Person or Webinar course and can:

  • Explain how the equine movement affects human systems
  • Explain the principles of hippotherapy as a standard therapy tool/strategy
  • Recognize possible patient responses to manipulated equine movement
  • Describe the selection and use of equipment used for the horse and patient
  • Be proficient in doing their patient evaluation under their scope of practice and licensure
  • Be able to plan and support their clinical judgment about patient and horse selection and treatment planning specifically incorporating hippotherapy as a therapy tool/strategy
  • Understand the importance of horse suitability and movement attributes to the effectiveness of hippotherapy as a therapy tool/strategy
  • Explain the use of school figures and movement progressions in treatment to maximize the effects of equine movement as a therapy tool/strategy
  • Implement appropriate safety procedures when implementing hippotherapy
  • Provide effective leadership of the hippotherapy team
  • Describe the unique contributions and potential benefit of manipulated equine movement as a treatment tool/strategy

Part I of this four-day course gives therapists equine knowledge and training principles needed to effectively incorporate hippotherapy as s treatment tool/strategy within occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy.

Part II of this four-day workshop presents clinical content/practicums to provide and facilitate a problem-solving treatment approach, using actual patients currently involved in physical, occupational or speech-language therapy that incorporates hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy.   The Hippotherapy Conceptual Framework will be presented which is based on current theoretical bases underlying physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy.  Therapists will treat actual patients for two therapy sessions in a trans-disciplinary team format with videotape review and group discussions to further advance the learning experience.

Part II Learning Objectives and Outcomes:  

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathology professionals taking this course will incorporate evidence-based practice research, clinical problem solving, and critical thinking in a PT, OT, Speech individual, or trans/multidisciplinary treatment that includes skilled equine movement as part of a patient’s plan of care (POC).

Learning Outcomes for Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part II

  • Explain the application of 5 tenets of the Hippotherapy Conceptual Framework when developing a treatment plan that incorporates equine movement and assessing treatment results towards functional outcomes

  • Identify and explain the rationale for 5 components of treatment planning, implementation, and modification with the use of hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) in a realistic treatment scenario

  • Describe 3 examples of effective use of hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) to address identified patient impairments during participation in therapy session practicums

  • Describe 2 treatment criteria to establish when hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) is no longer the most effective treatment tool/strategy to achieve established patient goals

  • List and describe 5 components of the AHA, Inc. Best Practice Guidelines that can guide clinical practice when hippotherapy (skilled equine movement) is incorporated into the Plan of Care

  • 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.

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 26.5 contact hours or 2.65 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 2.65 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level; Professional area. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.  Contact hours are 26.5.  

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.

* Certificates of attendance will be provided to attendees at the conclusion of the course.  No certification will be granted upon completion of an AHA, Inc. 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.

***Submitting the Registration Form is not a guarantee of course admission. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from the AHA, Inc. office.

Course Faculty: 

Faculty who are vetted to teach this course are:

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