Student Learning Goals
DEVELOP A THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM (EFT 1): Students will design a therapeutic riding program utilizing industry standards.
The student’s ability to develop a therapeutic riding program will be evidenced by:
- Utilizing state and national standards of practice
- Writing job descriptions
- Writing training manuals for staff and volunteers
- Training staff and volunteers
- Develop a record-keeping system
- Perform a program self-study
THE THERAPEUTIC RIDER (EFT 2): Students
will identify disability characteristics, precautions,
contraindications, and therapeutic goals for individuals with
disabilities within the therapeutic riding setting.
Understanding the therapeutic rider is evidenced by:
- Defining characteristics of a disability that can be affected by therapeutic riding
- Writing long-term and short-term goals for the individual
- Defining and assessing progression for the therapeutic rider
UTILIZING THE HORSE (EFT 3): Students will train the horse, analyze its movement, and control the horse, in the therapeutic setting.
Skills related to utilizing the horse in the therapeutic setting are evidenced by the student’s ability to:
- Progress a horse’s ground training to the therapeutic level
- Define, analyze, and interpret the horse’s movement
- Identify appropriate mounts for specific individuals
- Perform the duties of a leader in a therapeutic riding lesson
TEACHING THE THERAPEUTIC RIDER (EFT 4): Students will develop and teach a therapeutic riding plan for riders with disabilities..
Teaching the therapeutic rider is demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
- Perform an intake evaluation
- Assign appropriate horse, adaptive equipment and level of assistance for a therapeutic rider
- Write lesson plans for therapeutic riding lessons
- Self-evaluation of performance
- Assess and progress riders utilizing industry standards
- Evaluate peers
- Oversee the teaching team
- Perform student teaching hours