This module aims to introduce the student to a broad range of concepts that must be addressed when working towards a career in therapy. It will allow the students to gain an understanding of the safe and therapeutic handling skills that are necessary when horses’ are distressed, compensating for injury or have other behavioural indicators.
There will also be a selection of riding and in hand sessions where students will be encouraged to discuss and assess what they see. This should begin development of lateral thinking and skills of interpretation particularly with reference to the way of going of the horse. These sessions will also include the use of training aids which may be used for a rehabilitative outcome rather than just as a training tool.
Equine therapists must be empathetic and intuitive in their working lives and the module also aims to begin developing skills of feel and palpation.
The module will also address factors such as therapist fitness and body biomechanics to reduce injury.
- Module leader: Phillip Adams