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        02-01-2012, 12:49 PM
    Therapy rides

    Hello I'm planning on becoming a riding instructor/boarding stable owner and I want to be able to offer therapy riding for the mentally/physically challenged. I've been looking online but for some reason I can't find much information on it. So I was wondering if any of you knows what kind of courses I should take and what sort of special equipment I should have. Thanks!
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        02-01-2012, 02:00 PM
    At Colorado State University, we have riding instructor training classes as well as Therapeutic Riding Classes, equine management and lots of others. Might look into that.
        02-01-2012, 02:02 PM
    You'll need to get a college education first, and major in business. Having an MBA will help open doors for you, and show people that you're serious.
        02-01-2012, 02:06 PM
    NARHA is a great therapeutic certification association. Getting certified with them will help immensely.
        02-01-2012, 02:10 PM
    Thanks for the help! I'm planning on taking those courses from Horse Courses Online because where I am currently living there are no schools/colleges/university ect that offer anything like that. Will these courses be enough for running my own boarding facility and becoming a trainer? And are there any online that teach therapeutic riding? I am planning to move to Saskatchewan and building my facility there, are there any places around that area that offer therapeutic riding courses?
        02-01-2012, 02:28 PM
    Most online courses are not worthy in the horse field... in that I mean most ppl don't take them seriously when you put them down as accomplishments since they weren't hands on.

    I would find a school where you can do dual major... one for equine managment and one for business management.. that will help you the most then look into what certs are needed to make a therapy center worth it.. in that I mean some insurances use certain certifications as a need to have in order to pay for their clients to go there... so I would start talking to more people... and if you cna volunteer at a therapy center and see what its like from the ground up. An already established facility will have the best answers for you. :)
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        02-01-2012, 02:30 PM
    Originally Posted by ZebraGal    
    I'm planning on taking those courses from Horse Courses Online.
    Don't waste your money. Those courses aren't recognized by anyone, nor are they accredited.
        02-01-2012, 03:11 PM
    Thanks sr those were the words I was looking for but couldnt think of :/
        02-01-2012, 05:42 PM
    Or get a degree in whatever that interests you at whatever university you want/is nearest and get experience working at stables. Later you can do the NARHA or EAGALA training. As far as I know, they're not degree courses anyway.
        02-01-2012, 07:23 PM
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    NARHA is a great therapeutic certification association. Getting certified with them will help immensely.
    I agree and always recommend them when people ask about therapeutic riding. Note the organization has recently changed its name to PATH International, and you can find them here. They have a section on their website about how to become a certified instructor and certified riding center.

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