The Introduction to Equine Skills is a pre-requisite for all registrants of AHA, Inc Level I Hippotherapy Treatment courses.

ONLINE ” Intro to Equine Skills” course. This test is a prerequisite to attending the four day, Level I, Hippotherapy Treatment Principles course.  Failure to complete the test successfully 3 weeks before the first day of the Level I course can result in the forfeiture of all registration fees and access to the course. 

This online course targets therapists with minimal to no horse experience, but must be taken and passed by anyone attending a Level I course regardless of your horse skill level. This online course focuses on basic horse knowledge that any therapist wishing to incorporate equine movement into their treatment toolbox should be familiar with.

There will be a fee for all tests, and once payment has been received in the office, you should allow three/3 business days before expecting to receive your login id and password via the email used to purchase the test.

The test 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, for a fee, until it is passed.  The curriculum may be utilized only under conditions set forth by AHA, Inc.

Intended Audience:

Anyone who is interested in how to care, groom, tack up, and lead a horse. This course is open to the volunteer, instructor, parent, therapist, administrator or anyone in your program who does not have horse knowledge and wants to learn the basic skills and care of the horse.  This format is focused on giving the therapist the basic horse knowledge prior to including hippotherapy in their treatment practice.

Course Objectives Include:

  • Identify and name key anatomical points of the horse.
  • Recognize elements of desirable conformation of the horse.
  • Identify and describe the function of grooming equipment.
  • Identify key parts of the horse’s tack.
  • Recognize and describe the four natural gaits of the horse.
  • Recognize desirable qualities of the horse’s movement.
  • Identify the signs of stress/burnout in the horse.