AHA Inc. Approved Level I Treatment Principles
May 18-21, 2017
Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS
This 4 day course is an overview of the principles of hippotherapy, designed for therapists
(PT, OT, SLP, PTA, COTA, SLPA) interested in utilizing hippotherapy
in their practice.
The first day emphasizes the horse, and the importance of the quality of the horse’s movement
working in treatment. Using experiential non-mounted activities, the
attendee will learn to interpret the body language of the horse,
groom, tack and lead the therapy horse, recognize desirable
conformation, soundness, movement quality, gaits, and understand
training, conditioning and humane treatment of the therapy horse.
Building on these equine skills, the attendee will explore the dynamic system of therapist,
patient, horse handler and horse as is applied in Hippotherapy.
Topics include: the history and development of hippotherapy in the
US, understanding the biomechanical and sensory interaction of
horse/human, horse selection, safety principles, patient and horse
selection, precautions and contraindications, patient evaluation,
maximizing the effects of equine movement including use of school
figures and movement progression, the role of the therapy team
members, documentation, business aspects and current research in the
effects of equine movement.
Adaptive riding instructors, horse handlers, administrators and others interested in
hippotherapy treatment principles are welcome to attend, teamed with
their therapist. Graduate occupational, physical and speech therapy
students must be in their last semester of graduate school to be
eligible to attend this course for credit.
Early registration is on or before
April 18, 2017. See the
Brochure for more information.