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Sample Weekly Topics

The following are examples of the lecture and presentation topics taught during the HPITS:


  • Teaching: lesson planning, developing skill progression in your lessons, setting goals and objectives for the riders, learning styles of riders, qualities of a good instructor, adaptive equipment for riders and horses, mounting and dismounting, precautions and contraindications


  • Stable & equine management: barn chores, clipping, mane pulling, horse assessment, soundness/unsoundness & blemishes, confirmation, horse behavior & senses, vices, bandages, blanketing, equine first aid, equine records (vaccines, teeth, farrier), saddle fit, bits, bridles and other equipment, horse sickness and health, trailering


  • Horse selection: how to assess if the horse is right for a TR program, what qualities are good for rider needs, horse movement


  • Administration/business: risk management, emergency procedures, follow up paperwork, starting a non-profit vs. for profit, Board of Directors, insurance, advertising, marketing, public relations


  • Physical disabilities and mental health: treatment plans and lesson plans, IEPs, working with OTs, PTs, therapists, family members/guardians and teachers and their perspectives, ADA and OSHA resources, DSM-IV, Hippotherapy vs TR, diagnoses (i.e. Fragile X Syndrome, Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome, Amputations, Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse/Dependence, trauma or abuse history, Veterans), human behavior and psychology


The following are helpful resources:

  • PATH Intl. Standards for Certification & Accreditation Manual (SAM)
  • PATH Intl. Instructor Educational Guide (IEG)
  • Certified Horsemanship Association Manual (CHA)
  • United States Pony Club Manuals, D & C Levels (USPC)
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM-IV)
  • In addition, a variety of handouts will be provided weekly