Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Introduction to Therapeutic Riding
R317 | 7322 | Fern Bonchek


This course introduces therapeutic horseback riding, the history of
therapeutic riding. This class will discuss organization and
administration of North American Riding for the Handicapped
Association (NARHA) therapeutic riding programs, and NARHA program
guidlines and requirements (NARHA the only organization in the United
States that provides program accredidation and develops/regulates
standards involving therapeutic riding. NAEHA is an organization that
certifies therapeutic riding instrucotrs).  Topics involving
therapeutic riding teaching techniques, safety issues, training of
volunteers, selecting and training therapy horses, publicity, public
relations and fund-raising, choosing a rider population and learning
special mounting procedues will be evaluated and demonstrated.  NAEHA
Registered Instructor Certification requirements will also be
evaluated.  Students will be required to participate in a variety of
hands-on experiences that apply lecture content involving all aspects
of therapeutic riding participating in lessons and stable management
activities.  All students must participate in a People and Animal
Learning Services (PALS) new volunteer training prior to assisting in
a therapeutic riding class.

Required Book List:  Therapeutic Riding I: Strategies for Instruction
Part 1 and 2 by Barbara Teichmann-Engel (Engel) TRSI, NARHA
Instructor Educational Guide (NIEG), PALS Volunteer Training Manual,
Course CD, outside readings and handouts as needed.

Summary of Assignments:  Mid-Term Exam and Comprehensive Final
Examination, 4-5 Page Research Paper, Group Teaching Project and
Rider Shadowing Experience.