Hippotherapy course - basic 

We are very excited to open this course! We have been thinking how to share our vast knowledge and experience in hippotherapy with all therapists and other professionals around the world. So we have found this solution. Let see if this concept can overcome the long distance among us! 

The Czech Therapeutic Riding Association was founded in 1991. Since then we have organized comprehensive education programs for physical and occupational therapists, educators, social workers, psychotherapist and horse persons.

Course Hippotherapy basic has been running for 18 years. Hippotherapy treatment method is very advanced in our country. Our therapists know how to apply it with great benefit to their clients in wide range of diagnoses.

How the course works?

If you are interested, please complete the application form. Then wait for the confirmation email with detailed information about enrolling in the course and payment.

22nd April 2018 you will get username and password to access the e-learning. Every Sunday (from 22nd April till 3rd June 2018) will be open a new lecture for self-study. During this period we will be every Monday on-line to answer your question. Furthermore, you will be invited to the closed FB group, where you can meet with the other participants as well.

The practical part, Prague, the Czech Republic
This part will take place in the hippotherapy center Caballinus, z.s. from 17.-21. 9 2018 for 12 participants only. If needed there will be open another group.

More information...

Language: English

Who can attend: This course has been designed for Physical and Occupational therapists interested in hippotherapy. However, every country has own criteria who can provide hippotherapy. Therefore horse-persons, physicians and other professions interested in hippotherapy are welcome to attend the course. All participants have to have at least minimum of basic horse experience in equine handling and care.

Certificates of completion:
Physical and Occupational Therapist
will be requested to complete the whole course - e-learning and practical part, submit a case study (within 60 days from completing the practical part) and take an online test (within 14 days from submitting the case study). The Certificate will be credited with CME hours by the Czech national professional body and the Czech Therapeutic Riding Association.

Other professions - the participant may complete only the e-learning or the practical part as well. He/she will receive a certificate of attendance with an information that he/she is not eligible to perform hippotherapy treatment session independently.

Course duration: 70 hours theory via e-learning and 40 hours of practice in a hippotherapy center in the Czech Republic

Calendar and fees



What you will learn...

The course focuses on gaining theoretical and practical skills for performing hippotherapy.

The participants will learn:

  • The principle of the horse’s movement affecting human systems.
  • Neurodevelopmental milestones and possible positioning of the patient on the horse.
  • Treatment standard for most common diagnosis.
  • Appropriate methods of horse handling during hippotherapy.
  • Selection and use of hippotherapy equipment for the horse and patient.
  • All factors that contribute to safety in the hippotherapy session.
  • Patient selection for hippotherapy including specific contraindications and precautions.
  • Patient evaluation and treatment planning.
  • Potential emergencies and appropriate procedures.
  • Hippotherapy team members - roles.
  • Documentation, record keeping.
  • Equine skills - the “body language” of the horse, anatomical points of the horse, the desired conformation of the horse, desirable qualities of the horse’s movement.