The 2023 Fall Instructor Training Course is scheduled for: August 18 - October 14, 2023.
Application deadline for the Fall course is July 1, 2023.
Have you ever considered a career in equine-assisted therapy?
Equest offers a PATH International approved training course!
Equest's Instructor Training Course 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, or preparation for advanced certification.
PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course Schedule
The Equest Instructor Training Course is an eight-week program designed to follow a Tuesday through Saturday format. Classes meet on additional Mondays 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.
PATH Int'l Instructor Training Course
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 Training Course Application, and must be returned as specified in the course information.
This is 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 English 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 YouTube link. Students should be familiar with the English discipline as this is the style most of our clients ride, and will be the style taught.
Candidates who successfully complete all training course requirements will be eligible to test for the PATH Intl. CTRI certification. CTRI pre-requisites will be completed during the course.
For more information on instructor training, contact Equest Education Coordinator Kirsten Cozart at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 Hill
Becoming an Effective Rider, Cherry Hill
The Therapy Horse
Human Anatomy and Kinesiology
Practical Teaching Experience
Application fee (non-refundable) - $150.00 must be included with application and completed exams.
First payment $2,000 due upon notification you have been accepted into the course, and no later than December 5th.
Second payment $1,000 due no later than January 1st.
$900 plus $100 security deposit due with first payment.
Fees include: Textbooks, all printed materials, and CTRI prerequisites.
PATH Intl membership fee: Please see PATH website to apply for membership
First Aid/CPR $60 (if not already certified)