Shining Hope Farms to offer AHA Level I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Course

Jun 27, 2017 | News

Shining Hope Farms presents AHA Inc. Approved Level I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles August 24th – 27th, 2017.

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Level I Treatment Principles

This 4 day course is an overview of the principles of hippotherapy, designed for therapists (PT, OT, SLP, PTA, COTA, SLPA) interested in utilizing hippotherapy in their practice.

The first day emphasizes the horse, and the importance of the quality of the horse’s movement working in treatment. Using experiential non-mounted activities, the attendee will learn to interpret the body language of the horse, groom, tack and lead the therapy horse, recognize desirable conformation, soundness, movement quality, gaits, and understand training, conditioning and humane treatment of the therapy horse.

Building on these equine skills, the attendee will explore the dynamic system of therapist, patient, horse handler and horse as is applied in Hippotherapy. Topics include: the history and development of hippotherapy in the US, understanding the biomechanical and sensory interaction of horse/human, horse selection, safety principles, patient and horse selection, precautions and contraindications, patient evaluation, maximizing the effects of equine movement including use of school figures and movement progression, the role of the therapy team members, documentation, business aspects and current research in the effects of equine movement.

Adaptive riding instructors, horse handlers, administrators and others interested in hippotherapy treatment principles are welcome to attend, teamed with their therapist. Graduate occupational, physical and speech therapy students must be in their last semester of graduate school to be eligible to attend this course for credit.

Registration Information

All attendees will receive a hard copy of the AHA, Inc. Level I Treatment Principles Manual. The course fee also includes breakfast and lunch. During the course you will be on and/or working directly with horses. Please have appropriate clothing/footwear. Helmets will be provided. If your weight exceeds 225#, you may be excused from the mounted portion of the course. Indicate any special restrictions on the registration form.

Cancellation Policies: AHA, Inc. and the host facility reserve the right to adjust course dates, times and faculty to accommodate unforeseen circumstances including cancellation of the course due to insufficient registration up to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start date. Notification will only be made to advance registrants. Neither AHA, Inc. nor the host facility is responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to such adjustments. Participant cancellation requests must be made in writing no less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date to receive a refund, minus a $115 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course prerequisite: Successful completion of the online “Intro to Equine Skills” test reviewing equine care and management. Completion of the course must be at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course. AHA, Inc. staff will confirm with the host site that the test has been completed and passed. The cost of the test is $35.00. Visit the AHA, Inc. website under “Curriculum Overview,” under the Education tab for a link to purchase.


Lori Garone, MS, PT, HPCS, ACCE is a physical therapist, licensed in New York and Virginia.

Lori is a board certified Clinical Specialist in Hippotherapy. A 1990 graduate of Touro School of Health Sciences, Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.  She has served on the American Hippotherapy Association Board of Directors as holding the office of Vice President, Chairperson for the Education Curriculum Development and Chairperson for the Nominating Committee as well as Practice and Standards Chairperson. She just recently was asked to come back onto the AHA Inc BOD in 2017

Lori was one of two therapists chosen to represent the United States in 1991 at the First Symposium of Physiotherapists and Riding Instructors which took place in Surry, England. Lori has trained successfully up to Fourth Level Dressage and is a life long horsewoman.  She also helped develop as Clinical Director at SDTC, Sullivan Diagnostic and Testing Center, The Center for Discovery’s, Milligan Hill Equine Assisted Therapy and Activity Program which incorporated hippotherapy into patients plan of care as well as Equine Assisted Therapy and Activities incorporating the environment of the horse for residential patients, daycare program and work related experiences.  From 2005-2007, Lori served as Interim Executive Director and Program Director at The National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy.  In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Oyster Bay, New York, 2010 Woman of the Year Award for her work in the Health Industry and promoting Hippotherapy and was AHA Inc.’s Barbara Glasow’s Therapist of the Year recipient in 2013.

Lori had a successful practice, Physical Therapy In Motion, for over 30 years on Long Island NY where she integrated hippotherapy into her pediatric therapy practice. She recently moved,(2016) to Virginia Beach to work at South University’s PTA Program as ACCE/ Professor.

She can be reached via phone: 516-647- 7610 or email

For more information on how to register, where to stay and credits offered, click here to download the brochure.

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