Equine Facilitated Therapy Basic course

The Czech Equine Facilitated Therapy Association (CEFTA) 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 Equine Facilitated Therapy Basic has been running for 18 years. Equine Facilitated Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy is a very advanced treatment method in our country. Our therapists know how to apply it with great benefit to their clients in a wide range of diagnoses.

Why our courses are exceptional?

We know that apart from the theory, therapists need to know how to apply the method in their clinic. Therefore we emphasise the practical part. Our mission is that therapists after completing the practical week can immediately start practising at home. They get a complete package of knowledge and skills.

How does the course work?

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.

After the proceeded payment, you will get a username and password to access the e-learning. Every week will be open a new lecture for self-study. During this period we will be online to answer your question via email. Furthermore, you will be invited to the closed FB group, where you can meet with the other participants as well. 

The practical part take place in Prague, the Czech Republic
This part will take place in the EFT centre Caballinus, z.s. 

The number of participants: No limit for e-learning. Practical part - minimum 4 and maximum of 8 participants.

More information...

Language: English

Who can attend: This course has been designed for physical, occupational and speech-language pathologists, physicians specialise in paediatrics, neurology, orthopaedic or rehabilitation.  Horse-persons and other professions may attend the course, but will not get a certificate/diploma. All participants have to have at least a minimum of essential horse experience in equine handling and care.

Certificates of completion:
Physical, Occupational and Speech Pathology Therapist, Physicians (paediatrician, neurologist, orthopedist or physiatrist) 
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 providing the case study). The Certificate will be credited by the CEFTA.

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 information that he/she is not eligible to perform EFT treatment session independently.

EFT is a rehabilitation method; therefore, the profession matter. If you are other professional and want to engage in Equine Facilitated Learning or Psychotherapy, please contact us for advice on predsedkyne@hiporehabilitace-cr.com.

Course duration: 100 hours theory via e-learning and 40 hours of practice in a hippotherapy centre in the Czech Republic or via virtual form

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.

Registration process

Complete the registration form.
Choose the payment method and make payment below.
An automatic confirmation email will be sent to you upon successfully submitting the order.
An automatic confirmation email will be sent to you upon completion of payment and registration.

Email address - please be sure it is correct as it will be used for future communication and access to the e-learning.

The CEFTA will collect your personal data in the scope of the name, email address, telephone for the communication purposes till your written withdrawal.

Payment instruction

complete course 1.360 EUR (e-learning + practice)
e-learning 780 EUR
practice 780 EUR
Any transfer fees will be charged on behalf of the participant. In case of any additional fee charged to the Association, the amount will be requested from the participant.

Cancellation policy

The Czech Equine Facilitated Therapy Association (CEFTA) reserves the right to adjust program dates, times and lecturers to accommodate unforeseen circumstances; we will only notify advanced registrants of any program changes. CEFTA is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to such adjustments.

CEFTA reserve the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrolment or unforeseen circumstances up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. The course fee including the administrative fee will be returned to the participants´ bank account within 2 weeks.

If a participant wishes to cancel; cancellation notices must be provided in writing from participants up to 2 weeks prior to the course start date to receive a refund minus a 50 EUR administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within two weeks prior to the start of the course.