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 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.

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, 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.

Calendar and fees

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. 

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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.


Very good courses, lots of information and clarity about what this is hippotherapy. It would be wonderful if the teacher informed that it is very important to know the methodology for assessing the baby's development.
LinaPhysical Therapist, Lithuanina
It is a good way to have a theoretical part in e-learning to do it on our own pace. Easy to get one week off work to get to practical part. Good choice of different kind of patients for practical week. Nice to work together with Caballinus therapists. Valuable time together in practical week, lots of hand on - great.
Elza Physical Therapist, Latvia
Thank you once more for the professionally structured and organized, unique content course that has given me a solid platform to start from. The hands-on experience in hippotherapy center during the practical part of the course was outstanding. It helped to combine the theory with real life cases by practicing the hippotherapy techniques. I was so happy to see that even short-term hippotherapy treatment is so effective.
Inga, Physical Therapist, Latvia