This curriculum is the follow up to AHA, Inc. Treatment Principles - Level I, with an emphasis on patient treatment and more advanced equine knowledge necessary for hippotherapy as an equine discipline. Lecture, discussion, collaborative work, and actual patient treatment occur over four days. Subjects include:
- Recognizing desirable conformation, soundness, and movement qualities of a therapy horse
- Understanding optimization of the therapy horse for patient treatment and safety principles for therapy horse and environment
- Identifying and conveying to the horse handler the necessary skills required to provide quality movement when leading, lunging, or long lining the horse in treatment and understanding the need to educate and train staff/volunteers who will be working with the horse
- Understanding requirements to maintain a safe, effective and successful clinical program including billing, documentation, and clinical evidence for the inclusion of hippotherapy in the treatment plan.
This curriculum is designed to provide and facilitate a problem solving treatment approach using actual patients currently involved in hippotherapy as a part of his or her physical, occupational, or speech therapy treatment plan. Practical applications of the AHA, Inc. Conceptual Framework, including Dynamic Systems and Motor Learning Principles will be facilitated. Treatments will be recorded and reviewed with discussion and instructor feedback to analyze and further advance the learning experience.