How to host course Level I
If you are interested to host this course in your facility, please be informed that there are several criteria to be fulfilled to provide the best conditions for prospective participants. Course participants will work with actual hippotherapy patients. To provide a safe working environment for both patients and participants, the host facility must be a program currently providing hippotherapy and meet the following minimal requirements. Final requirements and responsibilities will be determined and agreed upon by the lecturers and the hosting facility.
The facility has to have at least 2 trained and conditioned therapy horses, 135–150 cm high (13.1 to 14.3 hh), with a narrow but straight/flat back. For example Welsh pony, Welsh cob, Quarter, Appalosa, Haflinger, Fjord a Sports ponies, Thoroughbred or other similar mixed breeds.
A hippotherapy horse used for small children with a psycho-motor disorder must comply with these requirements:
- Easy manipulation of the horse from the ground.
- Excellent motion mechanics in all gaits.
- Symmetrical body frame.
- Ability to walk in a slow and regular rhythm.
- Tolerance of contact and manipulation with a client on whole horse’s back during a therapy session.
- Ability to tolerate two people who are positioning a child while walking along both sides of the horse.
- Horseback motion in walk – ideally balanced motion in all levels, limited motion in lateral and vertical motion.
- Brave, not spooky, used to noises and other unexpected interventions such as crying, singing and sounds made by aids or toys.
Photos and videos of horses in motion will be provided to the lectures at least one month prior to the course beginning.
The facility should provide:
- Tack for each therapy horse, including halters, lead ropes and bridles.
- One experienced adult staff horse handler for each horse to assist with leading and ground management.
- Helmets, belts and toys for patients.
- Bareback pad and surcingle.
- A clean blanket for positioning a child.
- A clean cloth diapers for each child to ensure best hygiene standards while prone positioning on a horse back.
- Pillows, overball, physioball and positioning rollers.
- Hippotherapy handles.
There are necessary certain hippotherapy aids to be able to show all possibilities of a child positioning on the horse. In case you are missing some, the lecturers may deliver their own.
The facility has to secure the use of an arena at least 20 x 40 m (60 x 120 feet). A covered outdoor or indoor arena is recommended.
For theoretical part a classroom with following equipment is needed:
- Appropriate area for patient evaluations.
- Classroom should have chairs and tables for participants (12 - 18).
- Name tags for participants.
- Audio/Visual Equipment:
- VHS/DVD player and monitor.
- Flip Chart, easel, paper and pens.
- Microphone/Podium/ Wireless Microphone for practicums (optional).
- Slide Projector or LCD Projector for Power Point (optional).
- Therapy Equipment:
- Portable treatment table.
- Gymnastic ball (minimum size 70 cm).
- Rag Doll or NDT Therapy Doll.
The facility must secure a possibility of having lunch and snacks within the reach of the schooling centre.
The facility has to secure 2 children from one to three years of age (and 2 substitutes in case of sickness or other unexpected events) for demonstration and must be able to guarantee their participation in treatment practicum’s for 4 consecutive days.
Complete medical history, rehabilitation reports and video will be submitted in the electronic form for the lecturers one month before the course. Lecturers will confirm that the child can be enrolled in the program.
- Child selection:
- Delayed psycho-motor development such as postural asymmetry, hypotonia, delayed verticalization, delayed quadrupedal and bipedal locomotion, etc.
- Plexus brachialis.
- Sight and hearing defects.
- Cerebral palsy – hemiplegia, quadriplegia, or diplegia.
- Genetic conditions such as Morbus Down.
- Traumatic Brain Injury.
- Cerebral Vascular Accident.
- Child documentation:
- Physician release forms for each patient.
- Signed patient registration forms with liability and photo/video releases for each patient.
- Providing parents with detailed information about what hippotherapy involves and information about safety during hippotherapy units (lecturers will provide the e-forms).
- The facility should have a specific Course liability release form for each patient participating in the demonstrations. The release should mention that there are risks inherent in having different therapist treat the patient and no guarantee is made that the patient will receive any benefit from participating in the demonstration, as it is for education purposes only.
Manuals and certificates
Every participant will receive a course manual, materials for written final exam and a certificate of completion.
The hosting facility is responsible for reproducing and binding the course materials for
each participant. A master copy of the course materials will be provided by the lecturers and will be returned to them upon the completion of the course. A copyright permission form, specifying the number of copies to be reproduced will accompany the master copy of the course materials.
The lecturers may choose to provide the manuals for the workshop. The hosting facility will then be required to reimburse that expense.