Intended Audience: This is a prerequisite course for Level l. This format is focused on giving the therapist the basic horse knowledge prior to including hippotherapy in their treatment practice. However, it is open to anyone who is interested in how to care, groom, tack up, and lead a horse. This course is open to the volunteer, instructor, parent, therapist, administrator or anyone who does not have horse knowledge and wants to learn the basic skills and care of the horse.
Course Objectives Include:
- Identify and name key anatomical points of the horse.
- Recognize elements of desirable conformation of the horse.
- Identify and describe the function of grooming equipment.
- Identify key parts of the horse’s tack.
- Recognize and describe the four natural gaits of the horse.
- Recognize desirable qualities of the horse’s movement.
- Identify the signs of stress/burnout in the horse.