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Instructor Training Course

PATH Intl Approved Training Course
Congratulations to our graduating ITC class of 2014! We are so proud of our 7 graduates: Karen Benson, Iryna Patty, Shiri Ronen, Ondraya Marks, Chloe Moore, Omer Bachner, and Latifa Momenah. The hard work and tireless amount of hours you put in to the instructor training course were noticed and appreciated by everyone here at Equest. We wish you all the best of luck in your future instructing jobs!

ITC Graduates with Cake

Have you ever considered a career in equine assisted therapy?
Equest offers a PATH International approved training course! Equest's Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed for experienced horse people, with a variety of riding backgrounds, who are looking to pursue a career in therapeutic riding. The course is also suited to current instructors seeking continuing education and/or preparation for advanced certification.

PATH-Intl Approved Instructor Training Course Schedule:
The Equest Instructor Training Course is a 9 week program designed to follow a Monday through Friday format with classes scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for the first four weeks and 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. the last three weeks. Classes meet additional Saturdays and evenings as needed. Student instructors should plan for study and preparation time during the evening and weekend hours. A detailed course calendar will be provided on the first day of the course. Vacancies for the course are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Human Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Human Psychology
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Disabilities
  • Mounting Techniques
  • The Therapy Horse
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • Hippotherapy
  • Practical Teaching Experience

To accomplish the demands of this course, and to qualify for certification upon completion, candidates must meet certain competency requirements. To be accepted into the course, a candidate must complete and submit two proficiency exams; one written and one mounted. These are included in the packet and must be returned as specified in the course information. 

Horse Management
The written exam includes questions on conformation, blemishes and unsoundness, general feeding requirements, ailments, diseases and their treatments, worming and vaccination requirements, stable maintenance, grooming, breeds, first-aid treatment and movement analysis.  This must be submitted with the application.

Riding Skills
a mounted test of riding skills. Candidates of varying riding backgrounds are accepted into the course; however a solid knowledge of walk-trot-canter with correct leads and diagonals, simple lead changes, leg yielding, turns on the forehand and haunches and suppling exercises is needed. We welcome candidates with diverse riding experience. The riding skills test may be taken in either Engligh or Western tack. The riding skills pattern is included in the application packet. This should be submitted either as a DVD with your application or posted with a link on (students should be familiar with the English discipline as this is the style most of our clients ride and will be the style taught).

Entrance Test Suggested References:
Horse, J. Warren Evans, et. al.
The United States Pony Club Manual (level D, C, A/B)
Horse, Gaits, Balance and Movement, Susan Harris
101 Arena Exercises, Cherry Hil
Becoming an Effective Rider, Cherry Hill

Candidates who successfully complete all training course requirements will complete a PATH Intl On Site Workshop and Certification. Candidates will be graded by PATH Intl. Evaluators on a mounted riding exam as well as sample teaching. The OSWC is included in the Instructor Training Course fees and time period.

For more information on instructor training, contact Naomi Heller, our Education Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Susan Liepins, our Registrar, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2015 Instructor Training Course Information Packet
2015 Instructor Training Course Application

Application fee (non-refundable) - $150.00 must be included with application and completed exams.

Tuition Balance:

  • First payment=$2,000 due upon notification you have been accepted into the course.
  • Second payment=$950 due prior to arrival for the course.

Housing (Optional):

  • $900 plus $100 security deposit due with first payment.

Fees include: textbooks, all printed materials, and the PATH International On Site Workshop and Certification.

Additional Fees:

  • PATH Intl membership fee: please see PATH website to apply for membership (
  • First Aid/CPR $50 (if not already certified)

Housing information is included in the application packet at the top of this page.

Testimonials From a few of our ITC Graduates:

"The Instructor Training Course at Equest is fantastic! Information is presented in classroom as well as hands-on sessions that give an invaluable experience to the instructor. After finishing this course, I felt well equipped to handle a variety of individuals with differing disabilities. Any instructor going through this course will be well served, and I highly recommend it!”

Amy Austin, Head Therapeutic Instructor, Chastain Horse Park, Atlanta, Georgia.

“My interest in the Equest Instructor Training Course was simply to go to the best and receive much needed hands on experience in the equine therapeutic riding field. The course was phenomenal, but not long enough. I graduated from the course Oct. 1, 2004 and left Equest exhausted, excited, much more competent and yearning to know more. The course material was incredibly comprehensive, and the staff was professional, demanding, challenging and encouraging throughout the 6 weeks. I came to Equest desperate to learn more and left with knowledge and experiences that prepared me to pass the NARHA Advanced Certification. But best of all I went home knowing that I was competent enough to utilize a God given gift that would enable me to teach incredible individuals that had been challenged with a disability. It was truly an amazing experience, and I keep coming back for more.”

Shelly Barry, Baton Rouge, La. Founder, Gaitway Therapeutic Horsemanship Center

“As a person who had been a volunteer for two years and not been to school in 20+ years, I was concerned about attending EQUEST. I knew little or nothing about individuals with disabilities. Upon completing the course, I was confident because I had a firm foundation in teaching techniques. More experience was the next best teacher.”

Mary Jo Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia, NARHA On-site workshop faculty member and evaluator.

“My experience at Equest was one of the best ever! I’m from Mexico, and Therapeutic Riding was almost non-existent there, except for a few Independent instructors. There is only one book about therapeutic riding written in Spanish and that makes it really hard to prepare. Fortunately the staff at Equest was very understanding of the limitations that some of us encounter, like language and proper background knowledge, and they really made an effort to help me understand everything. They work really hard on making the Students absorb all that knowledge and translating it in to practice. So by the end of the course I was confident of what I have learned and was able to start a program from scratch back home! “

Paulina Canez Morales, Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Guadalajara, Mexico.