The Horse Connection

The Horse Connection:  Maximizing Your Horse’s Potential

This course covers a combination of handling skills comprised of leading, longeing and long lining. The course occurs over 2.5 days with a combination of classroom discussion with PowerPoint and video as well as hands-on time in the arena working on handling skills with horses. The goal of the course is to prepare the horse to perform at their highest skill level in treatment sessions with PT/ OT and SLP’s. 

This course is open to anyone who is interested in learning the techniques of leading, longeing and long lining and developing a better connection with their horse. This course allows the participant to learn the process of training, handling and working with a variety of horses to develop ground training skills that can be transferred to their horses to enhance their therapy practice. Mock therapy treatment with how to approach the mounting block and emergency protocol will be included. 

Intended Audience: Horse handlers, PATH Instructors, Horse Trainers, Volunteers and Equine Specialists that are the Horse Handler in a PT, OT or SLP therapy treatment that incorporates hippotherapy (equine movement) as well as therapists. Also welcomed are horse owners and enthusiasts interested in improving handling and ground skills with horses for leading, lungeing and long lining. It is recommended that the participants come to this course with basic ground handling and lungeing skills. 

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of all safety aspects of leading, lungeing and long lining.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the fit, care and application of all the equipment.
  • Describe how and begin to produce quality movement on straight lines and school figures when leading and long lining
  • Demonstrate ability to grade movement at the walk when leading and when on long lines.
  • Describe the concept of starting a horse on long lines.
  • Describe the principles of alternative leading methods.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach a novice person to correctly lead and long line a horse when hippotherapy is part of the plan of care.

Faculty for this course:

  • Karen Gardner , MOT, OTR, HPCS 
  • Lisa Harris, PT, HPCS 
  • Leslie Lautenschlager, OTR/L, HPCS