Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part II

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*Registration Is Limited

This course has been approved for continuing education credits by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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.

Pre-requisites: AHA, Inc Hippotherapy Treatemtn Principles – Part 1. Please send copy of certificate with registration

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 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 video tape review and group discussions to further advance the learning experience.

Please see approved faculty for this course at the bottom of this page.  Click on their name to link to a full bio and disclosures.

Learning Objective:  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:


  • Explain the application of five 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 five components of treatment planning, implementation and modification with the use of hippotherapy/skilled equine movement in a realistic treatment scenario.
  • Describe three examples of effective use of skilled equine movement to address identified patient impairments during participation in therapy session practicums.
  • Describe two 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 five 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 Schedule


Day 1
8:00     Introduction
8:30     Horse Movement/Patient Response
9:00     Hippotherapy Conceptual Framework
10:00    Break
10:15    Analysis of the Therapy Horse
11:15    Effects of Good Horse Handling.
12:00    Lunch
12:45   Halter Leading Practicum
1:45     Equipment Options in Leading
2:15     Break
2:30     Safety Rules and Side Walking Protocols.
3:15     Matching Horse to Patient
3:45     Review Patient Videos/Descriptions
4:30     Equipment Options
5:00    End of day

Day 2
8:30     Questions/Review
8:45    Co Treatment/Teamwork
9:00    Evaluation/Pre & Post tests of patients
10:00    Break
10:15    Demo of Lunging/Long Lining
10:30    Long Lining Practicum-Horseless
11:00    Develop Treatment Plans
12:00    Lunch
12:45    Prepare for patients
1:00    Practicum
2:15     Break
2:30     Practicum
3:45     Video review
4:45     Meet to review Tx plans
5:00     End of day

Day 3
8:30   Questions/Review
8:45    Long Lining Practicum
10:00   Long Lining/Leading –Evaluation Practicum
10:45   Break
11:00   Horse Training and Performance
11:45   Meet to modify treatment plans
12:15   Lunch
1:00    Patients Documentation
2:00    Break
2:15    Patients Documentation
3:15    Discussion/Review of Videos
4:45    Documentation
5:15    End of day

Day 4
8:30   Questions/Review
8:45   Billing/Coding/Business issues
9:00   Documentation Practicum/Discussion
10:15   Break
10:30   Best Practice Guidelines; Standards of Practice
11:15   Evidence Based Practice/Clinical Reasoning/Research
12:00   Lunch
12:45   Educational Opportunities & Resources
1:00  Review Objectives
1:30    Course Evaluations & wrap up
2:00   End of course

The curriculum may be used only under conditions set by AHA, Inc.



Course Pricing:

Early registration 

$950.00 for AHA, Inc. Member

$1,050.00 for Non-AHA, Inc. Member

Regular Registration

$1,050.00 for AHA, Inc. Member

$1,150 for Non-AHA, Inc. Member

*Prices subject to change for international courses

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Dates to be Announced in 2021 


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.


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.  There are no continuing education credits for the Equine Skills pre-requisite.  Students will receive continuing education credits for the one day online module.

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.

***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

Faculty who are vetted to teach this course are:

You may read their bios and disclaimers by clicking on the individual’s name.