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Online Certificate Program at Texas A&M

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 09:31PM by Registered CommenterEquine Program Staff | CommentsPost a Comment

EQUINE FACILITATED ACTIVITIES AND THERAPY is an online certificate program consisting of four tracks offered by the Continuing and Professional Studies Office at Texas A&M University. The four tracks are Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, and Horse Care (of partnering horse). As a way of introducing you, below is are definitions taken from each introductory online program.

 

WHAT IS EQUINE FACILITATED PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is pragmatic psychotherapy that includes equines. It may include, a number of mutually respectful equine activities such as handling, grooming, longing, riding, driving and vaulting. EFP is the synergistic team of horse and therapist who together with the client co-facilitates the psychotherapeutic process. EFP is an experiential treatment approach that provides the client with opportunities to enhance self-awareness and re-pattern maladaptive behaviors, feelings and attitudes.

 

For more information about this track, go to: http://equinepsychotherapy.tamu.edu


WHAT IS HIPPOTHERAPY?

Hippotherapy is treatment with the help of a horse. Hippotherapy comes from the Greek word hippos meaning horse. Hippotherapy can be defined as "a term that refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a strategy by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. This strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes." (AHA, 2000)

 

For more information about this track, go to: http://hippotherapy.tamu.edu


WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC RIDING?

In therapeutic riding, lessons are designed to achieve equestrian skill development as well as goals that improve the riders' physical, cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral well being. An effective riding instructor will be educated, experienced and horse knowledgeable and prepared to instruct their students in stable management, horse handling, and riding skills. A quality therapy horse should be very well-trained and carefully selected to help the student progress in the riding skills that promote improved balance, strength and self-confidence. Three specialty areas of Therapeutic riding are vaulting, riding therapy and Hippotherapy.

 

For more information about this track, go to: http://therapeuticriding.tamu.edu


WHAT QUALITIES DISTINGUISH THE PARTNERING HORSE FROM OTHER HORSES?

Most equine-facilitated activities and therapy centers have a checklist of qualities they require their horses to meet. Because of the wide range of special needs, it is imperative to have a horse that is stable. An ill tempered dispositional horse that hicks, bites or displays other bad behaviors is not suited for working with disadvantaged clients. One should never accept them since they can not be trusted. Safety of the client is of the utmost importance. Horses must be calm and patient, demonstrate respect for humans, obedient, and submissive. A horse should be not dull and not skittish or jumpy. A therapy horse's character toward other horses is also important to observe.

 

For more information about this track, go to: http://therapyhorse.tamu.edu

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