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RDANSW Hippotherapy Accreditation Course Hosted by RT&LH Centre

Released 30/07/2012

Hippotherapy is a form of physical and occupational therapy in which a therapist uses the movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input.  A foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing, to improve a wide range of daily activities.

To increase the opportunities for riders across NSW to be able take part in this specialised activity, the RT&LH Centre hosted a Hippotherapy Accreditation Course from 27 - 29 July.  The course was a huge success for the potential 16 Hippotherapist and 26 Hippotherapy Horse Handlers.

Specialists presenters who attended to give expert training were Pippa Hodge (distinguished Canadian Physiotherapist & Hippotherapy practitioner) and Sally Francis (renowned Hippotherapy Horse Handler and Trainer from VIC)

Pippa Hodge outlined the benefits of Hippotherapy treatment, the importance of a team approach and the skills required in horse handling that would benefit a wide range of clients.  Sally Franics worked with the horse handlers, walking them through the various dressage movements that the therapists may want in a treatment session to gain positive outcomes for the clients.

The horse handlers also worked with the horses learning good horse movement techniques.  There was also a client/horse matching workshop, along with an all in treatment session with people with a disability.

This was the first workshop to be held in NSW using the new RDANSW Hippotherapy Manual and Syllabus/Workbook.  Jan Sharp has been the driving force behind the development of these resources and the workshop.

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