Curriculum Overview

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Certificates of attendance will be provided to attendees at the conclusion of the course.  Contact hours vary depending on the course.  No certification will be granted upon completion of an AHA, Inc. course.

Listed here is the course content for all AHA, Inc education courses.

Introduction to Equine Skills – Online Format

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

ONLINE ” Intro to Equine Skills” course.  This online course is a prerequisite to attending the four day, Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1 course.  Failure to complete the course 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 must be taken and the test passed by anyone attending a Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1 course regardless of your horse skill level.  This online course focuses on basic horse knowledge for any therapist wishing to incorporate equine movement into their treatment toolbox.

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

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

Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part I

The AHA, Inc. Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part I is the first of our Foundation Courses and attendance and participation in all 4-days of this course is required. It is designed for therapy professionals to learn about hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy and members of their treatment team. It is recommended that therapists have at least 2 years clinical experience in their field treating and handling patients they plan to treat with a variety of tools and strategies before attending.  The focus of this course is a comprehensive overview of all facets of hippotherapy as a standard practice therapy tool/strategy within the scope of practice for occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or speech-language therapy professionals. Hands on practicums are available in this course. The curriculum may be utilized only under conditions set forth by AHA, Inc.

This course will teach the therapist the principles of hippotherapy (skillfully manipulated equine movement), the history and the application into a patients Plan of Care, the protocol to match the horse to the patient and determine the horse’s movement and pattern as well as therapist facilitation needed to address the impairment that affects the participation restriction to address the function outcome.  Precautions and contraindications, documentation and billing, research, practicums for therapists to feel the impact of equine movement with clinical decision application for matching horse and patient and a live treatment demonstration with feedback.  Read More

Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part II

Course Description

This course is the second of the two AHA Inc. Foundation courses. Therapist taking this course will have the opportunity to treat and apply in a healthcare trans-disciplinary team approach to clinical problem-solving in the equine environment.  The students will be implementing the principles of hippotherapy, the research and progression of treatment as part of a plan of care for a patient.   This course is designed for licensed PT’’s, OTs, SLPs, PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs who have taken AHA Inc.’s Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part I Course. Read More