New webinar-based formatting now available for  
Part l Treatment Principles of Hippotherapy

For the foreseeable future, AHA, Inc. has reformatted the Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles course to include four separate elements– all of which must be completed to receive a certificate of completion of the Part I curriculum and to receive full CE credit.   This reorganization of the course continues to have the same contact hours and course material as the previous format.    

The comprehensive information required to learn about this tool's theory and principles are provided by the:

 Basic Equine Skills Course

Online Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Online Learning Module

Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Live 2-day webinar (Two 4.5 hour sessions)

Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Live 2-day Onsite lab practicum 

The in-person practicum is the conclusion of the Part I course.  It emphasizes the clinical applications and critical thinking skills essential to understanding this tool. It is only upon completion of all four modules that the Part I course is considered complete and the therapy professional has a basic understanding of safe and effective incorporation of hippotherapy in OT, PT and SLP treatment. 

 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.


Current Webinar Dates:

8/15-16/2020  12 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Faculty:  Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS

8/25-25/2020  12 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Faculty: Meredith Bazaar, MA CCC-SLP, HPCS & Joann Benjamin PT, HPCS

9/10-11/2020 12 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Faculty: Karen Gardner, MOT, OTR, HPCS & Lisa Harris, MSVS, PT, HPCS 


Potential On-Site Practicum Locations:

Skyline Therapy Services, Edgewood, NM.

 Healing Strides, Boones Mill, VA. 

Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Washington, MO 

Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Crownsville, MD 

  UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Goffstown, NH 


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AHA, Inc. Education Committee Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

The current pandemic of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a rapidly developing situation. We wish to minimize our membership’s exposure to this virus and abide by the current international guidelines for the COVID-19 Virus. As such, we have opted to reschedule and reorganize our present courses that have been scheduled in April, May and June. We will be assessing the July courses next month.

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AHA, Inc. 2017 Biennial Conference Video: Handling and Training of the Hippotherapy Horse

AHA, Inc. if offering for purchase, the AHA, Inc. 2017 Biennial Conference video: Handing & Training of the Hippotherapy Horse. In this video, Ruth Dismuke Blakely, MS, CCC/SLP, HPCS and Neita Miller, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS, cover the handling and training of Hippotherapy horses. They discuss contrasts in quality and why it matters. 

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The AHA Inc. is making this webinar available free of charge to help address reimbursement challenges some of our members face.  The AHA Inc. Reimbursement Committee hopes that this educational content will provide guidance and answer questions regarding correct professional practices when incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment tool into therapy services. Please enter your name and email address to access this content. 

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Orientation on using hippotherapy as a treatment tool webinar

AHA, Inc. is making available to you for FREE this informational webinar on the use of hippotherapy as a treatment tool in your practice.  Please register for this free webinar below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Intro to Business Models webinar

This informational FREE webinar on the various types of business models for your new therapy practice are reviewed.  Please register for Intro to Business Models by using the link below.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Welcome to The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.

The American Hippotherapy Association is a 501C3 Non-profit organization, which provides educational resources and continuing education courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment.  The AHA Inc. believes that individuals in need of habilitation or rehabilitation are best served by skilled and licensed healthcare professionals. As such, AHA Inc. is unique in that we are the only organization in the United States whose focus in on educating licensed healthcare professionals on therapy services incorporating equines.

What Is Hippotherapy?

The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.

Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals integrate hippotherapy into the patient’s plan of care, along with other therapy tools and/or strategies.


The Benefits of Membership

AHA, Inc offers a number of membership levels each with unique benefits including course registration discounts, access to the AHA, Inc. E-Newsletter, A subscription to HIPPOTHERAPY Magazine and more. Click the button to learn more! 

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AHA, Inc. 2021 Conference

Our 8th Biennial International Conference will be March 18-20, 2021 in Denver, Colorado at the Westin Westminster Denver-Boulder.
Lodging will be available from March 17-21, 2021. Now is the time to begin thinking about presentation opportunities. We will alert you as to when and where to send your abstracts proposals and CV information for the Conference Committee’s consideration. Also, in the coming months we will be sending out sponsorship & exhibit information.  It’s never too early to start planning. We are currently looking for volunteers for the conference planning committee, please click the button below for more information
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