The America’s Horse Cares grant program of the American Quarter Horse Association awards funding to centers that provide equine-assisted activities and therapies to individuals with special-needs. Funding supports continuing education and professional certification for therapists, mental health professionals, employees and volunteers who work one-on-one with clients to provide much needed care. Ride On St. Louis's award has been applied to staff members Debbie Harre, M.H.S., PT and Kat Watson, OTR/L, MOT training and certification at Level I, Hippotherapy Treatment Principles of the American Hippotherapy Association. The course provides hands-on opportunities targeting therapists interested in including equine movement in their practice. Objectives cover education in non-mounted equine skills, understanding how the horse’s movement affects human systems, identification of key considerations for patient selection for hippotherapy (including specific contraindications and precautions), understanding the business aspects related to hippotherapy including documentation, record keeping, reimbursement issues and insurance, and other ares of study. Congratulations to Debbie (left) and Kat (right) for their achievement and certification through AHA Level I, Hippotherapy Treatment Principles.
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