PATH Intl. Instructor Training Course

Have you ever considered a career in equine-assisted therapy?

Our next seven-week Instructor Training Course is tenatively scheduled for August 15 - October 2, 2018.

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, or preparation for advanced certification.

PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course Schedule

The Equest Instructor Training Course is a seven-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.

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Curriculum

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

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.

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Stable 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

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.

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

Certification

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 Equest Registrar Jennifer Davis at jdavis@equest.org.

 

Fees

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

Tuition Balance:

First payment $1,800 due upon notification you have been accepted into the course, and no later than July 5th.

Second payment $850 due no later than August 1st.

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.