This 4-day course is an overview of the principles of Hippotherapy, designed for therapists (PT, OT, SLP, COTA, PTA, SLPA) interested in utilizing HPOT as a treatment strategy.
The first day puts the emphasis on the horse and the importance of the quality of the horse working in Hippotherapy. Using experiential non-mounted activities, the student will learn to interpret the body language of the horse, groom, tack and lead the Hippotherapy horse, recognize desirable conformation, soundness, movement quality, gaits; and understand the training, conditioning and humane treatment of the therapy horse. Building on these equine skills, the participant will explore the dynamic system of therapist, patient, horse handler and horse as is applied in Hippotherapy.
- The history and development of HPOT in the US
- Understanding the biomechanical and sensory interaction of horse/human
- Patient and horse selection and suitability for treatment
- Appropriate horse handling
- Tack and equipment selection
- Safety principles, precautions and contraindications
- Patient evaluation
- Maximizing the effects of equine movement including school figures and movement progression
- The role of the Hippotherapy team members
- Documentation, business aspects, and current research in the effects of equine movement
*Adaptive riding instructors, horse handlers, administrators and others interested in HPOT principles are welcome to attend, teamed with their therapist. Graduate occupational, speech and physical therapists must be in their last semester of graduate school to be eligible to attend this course.
All attendees will receive a hard copy of the AHA, Inc. Level I Treatment Principles Manual. The course fee also includes breakfast and lunch. During the course you will be on and/or working directly with horses. Please have appropriate clothing/footwear. Helmets will be provided. If your weight exceeds 275lbs., you may be excused from the mounted portion of the course. Indicate any special restrictions on the registration form.
Cancellation Policy: AHA, Inc. and Quantum Leap Farm reserve the right to adjust program 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 Quantum Leap Farm are responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to such adjustments.
*If a participant wishes to cancel; cancellation notices must be provided in writing no less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date to receive a refund, minus a $115 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within three weeks prior to the start of the course.
Course Prerequisite: Successful completion of the online “Intro to Equine Skills” test reviewing equine care and management. Completion of the course must be at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course. AHA, Inc. staff will confirm with the host site that the test has been completed and passed. The cost of the test is $35.00. Visit the AHA, Inc. website under “Curriculum Overview,” under the Education tab for a link to purchase.
*The curriculum may be utilized only under conditions set forth by AHA, Inc.
Holiday Inn Express Trinity
2125 Corporate Center Drive
(11 minutes/ 5.5 miles)
*Reserve by Jan 6th for group rate available for attendee’s by calling the hotel directly at 727-835-7820 using our 3 letter code: QLF
Price includes complimentary hot breakfast buffet and transportation to and from the hotel. The Holiday Inn Express staff has offered Airport Transportation for additional $20 per person.
Quantum Leap Farm is located approximately 28 minutes (20.7 miles) from Tampa International Airport, and 38 minutes (26 miles) from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International. Transportation to and from the facility/hotel will need to be arranged by the participants. Quantum Leap Farm Coordinator and Staff are available for transportation upon request.
Karen Gardner, MOT, OTR, HPCS
Karen has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and is the owner of Silver Lining Therapy, LLC in Texas. She is an AHA Faculty member, Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS), PATH-Intl Master Instructor and Driving Instructor. She is an adjunct professor for the OTA Program at Lone Star College.
Karen is certified in Natural Lifemanship Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) Therapy specialties include sensory integration, aquatics, DIR Floortime and NDT. She presents at local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics within OT, hippotherapy, adaptive riding and horse training. She utilizes a variety of natural horsemanship techniques in her horse training and therapy sessions. Karen is a past President and former Board Member of the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.