Riding and Riding
for therapists, instructors, families, riders and others interested in promoting skills
using the horse as a
treatment tool. Share your stories and expertise.
This company sells:
- Instructional Aids
- Protective Wear
- Back/Knee/Wrist Supports
- Gait Belts
Look inside the helmet
for the ASTM and SEI labels.
The American Society for Testing and Materials sets standards for
many types of safety equipment. The Safety Equipment Institute is an
independent laboratory that tests helmets to be sure that they meet the
Riding Helmets, LTD.
205 Industrial Loop
Staten Island, NY 10309
1333 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92154
Careers With Horses
P.O. Box 1802
Grand Island, NE 68802-1802
4905 Mexico Rd.
St. Peters, MO 63376
P.O. Box 725
Williamsburg, VA 23187-0725
Teens and Up
Chronicle of the Horse
P.O. Box 46
Middleburg, VA 22117
656 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1472
656 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1472
P.O. Box 57549
Boulder, CO 80322-7549
Horse & Rider
12265 West Bayaud, Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 80228
6405 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112
P.O. Box 4710
Lexington, KY 40544-9945
P.O. Box 7980
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-7980
Books about Horses and Riding
How can parents help
carryover the benefits of
hippotherapy after leaving the farm?
Check out this link.
Parent Carryover Activities
Betty, Bennett, Steven, Games on
Storey Publishing, LLC, MA, 1999.
A collection of more than 50 games
that reinforce specific riding
skills such as starting/stopping; mounting/dismounting; balance;
steering and leading.
Barbara, Therapeutic Riding I:
Strategies for Instruction
(2 volume set), Barbara Engel Therapy Services, 10 Town Plaza,
Suite 238, Durango, CO 81301, 1998.
Several authors contribute on topics covering the therapy horse,
instructors, volunteers, terminology and disabilities.
Engel, Barbara, Therapeutic
Riding II: Strategies for Rehabilitation,
Barbara Engel Therapy Services, 10 Town Plaza, Suite 238,
Durango, CO, 81301, 1997.
Authors contribute on topics including: the use of the horse as a
therapy tool, terms, research review, therapist training, treatment
procedures, treatment of specific diagnoses, physical, speech
and occupational therapies, psycho-social rehabilitation and
Engel, Barbara, The Horse, The
Handicapped, and the riding team
in a therapeutic
Riding Program: a Training Manual for volunteers,
Barbara Engel Therapy Services,10 Town
Plaza, Suite 238,
Durango, CO, 81301, 1994
Horse, The Handicapped, and the Riding Team
Engel, Barbara, Enhancing Human
Occupation Through Hippotherapy,
AOTA Press, MD, 2007.
Human Occupation Through Hippotherapy
Engel edits and contributes to this collection that includes: history,
philosophy and theory behind hippotherapy, research on efficacy,
evaluation and treatment planning, practice techniques and the
business aspects of opening a program.
Gilligan, Brenda, Practical Horse Law: A Guide for Owners
Horse Law: A Guide for Owners and Riders
Topics include: regulations of riding establishments, legal aspects of
choosing a riding school and pupils, buying a horse, vetting procedures,
loaning a horse, livery agreements, riding horses on the road, trailers
Harris, Susan, Horse Gaits,
Balance and Movement, Howell Book
Gaits, Balance and Movement
Topics include: basic structure and anatomy, the cycle of movement,
gaits and transitions, balance and movement, poor movement,
flexion, bending and lateral movement, conformation and movement,
shoeing and movement and how a rider affects movement.
Rosie, Pony Games (Riding School Series),
An introduction to mounted games.
Hill, Cherry, 101 Longeing and Longlining
Exercises, Howell Book
Longeing and Longlining Exercises
Hill, Cherry, 101 Arena Exercises: A
Ringside Guide for Horse
Storey Publishing, LLC, 1995.
Arena Exercises: A Ringside Guide for Horse
Joswick et al., Aspects
and Answers: A Manual for Therapeutic
Horseback Riding Programs, Cheff
Information on therapeutic riding
instruction, games and exercises.
Spink, Jan, Developmental Riding
Therapy, Communication Skill
The author describes the DRT system that uses methods such as
reining, backriding, and interactional/partner work and combines them
with graded movement and positional challenges on the horse.
Troup, Melissa, Themed Lesson
Plans for Riding Instructors, Kenilworth
Press, Ltd., Addington,
Lesson Plans for Riding Instructors
Themes include topics as first lessons, lead-line lessons, circles,
figures, work without stirrups and/or reins, transition, lateral work,
poles, cater work, dressage tests, drill rides and games.
Troup, Melissa, Everyday
Jumping for Riding
Instructors: A Handbook for
Press, Ltd, Addington, Buckingham,
Everyday Jumping for Riding
This handbook is designed for
training riders and horses in group
individually. It provides a collection of exercises, on the flat, and
Wallace, Jane, Teaching Children
to Ride, kenilworth
Press, Ltd, Addington,
Buckingham, England 2002.
Children To Ride
author provides lots of fun and practical lesson ideas.
Toni, Mounted Games (Threshold
Half-Halt Press, 1994.
This book provides games to develop
riding skills, speed
and precision, including vaulting.
Barrett, Janet, On
the Fence: A Parent's Handbook of Horseback Riding
(Howell Equestrian Library), Howell Book House, 2006.
the Fence: A Parent's Handbook of Horseback Riding
This guide for intimidated
parents covers topics including: sampling by finding
financial package deals, choosing an instructor, stable and riding
participating in horse shows and whether or not to buy a horse.
Dickson Finn, Ange,
The In-Gate: A
Parent's Guide to Horse Shows,
In-Gate: A Parent's Guide to Horse Shows
Topics include finding a trainer, owning vs. leasing, the basics of
what judges look for, clothes and tack and financial planning.
Jahiel, Jessica, The Parent's
Guide to Horseback Riding,
Lowell House, CA, 1999.
Parent's Guide to Horseback Riding
Jahiel explains everything a parent needs to know including:
how to find a good instructor, when to lease or buy a horse and
trailering a horse, all with a focus on your child's development.
Jessica,The Complete Idiot's
Guide to Horse Back Riding,
Idiot's Guide to Horse Back Riding
Pavia, Audrey, Horse Back
Dummies, For Dummies, 2007.
Back Riding For Dummies
for Riders and Parents
of Children With Disabilities
Riding For The Disabled,
For The Disabled
Anthony, Reins of Life:
An Instructional and Informative
Manual on Riding for the Disabled, Hyperion Books, 1989.
Henry, Diana A.
and Sava Deanna Iris, Sensory
Tools for Pets:
People Helping each Other, Henry OT Services, Inc.,
Tools for Pets
This book is comprised of stories describing how people have
helped animals that exhibit various types of behaviors which look
similar to sensory issues seen in humans. In addition, there are
stories about how animals have helped people who have sensory
Nichols, Catherine, Therapy Horses, Bearport
Publishing, NY, 2007.
This is a great photo book for parents
read with kids. Brief, simple
stories of children with disabilities show the many horses,
professionals and volunteers involved in therapeutic riding.
Presnall, Judith Janda, Horse
Therapists (Animals with Jobs),
KidHaven Press, CA, 2001.
Written for middle school- aged children, parents can also learn
about how horses and horse back riding are used therapeutically
with both physically and emotionally disabled people. Information
includes the role of horse's gait, horse training, therapeutic uses
of riding astride, vaulting and hippotherapy and the role of
competition shows to increase self-esteem.
Scott, Naomi, Special Needs,
Special Horses, University of North
Press, Denton, TX, 2005.
Needs, Special Horses
A long time volunteer explains the
roles of instructors, therapists,
volunteers and the horses during hippotherapy, recreational riding
and equine facilitated psychotherapy with disabled individuals.
American Association for Horsemanship
Tel.: (512) 4882220
contains comprehensive resource materials on
equine law and horsemanship safety. It is hosted by the
University of Vermont. Both the legal and horsemanship
materials are suitable for use by law students, lawyers,
and the general public.
136 Bush Road
American Hippotherapy Association Inc.
(AHA, Inc.) promotes
the use of
movement of the horse as a treatment strategy
occupational and speech therapy sessions for people
616 H Street NW,
This organization represents all segments
of the horse
industry's interests in Washington, DC.
Equestrian Association (AMEA)
Links to issues related to riding and
health and safety
American Riding Instructors Association
28801 Trenton Court
Bonita Springs, FL
ARIA certifies instructors and stable
managers and publishes
Riding Instructor magazine. They offer
the American Riding
Instructor Certification Program (ARICP)
to recognize and certify
outstanding teachers of horseback riding.
Vaulting Association national Office (AVA)
8205 Santa Monica Blvd. #1-288
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Tel.: (323) 654-0800
The AVA was established in 1966 to build and
promote the sport of vaulting in the United States.
Horse Council, Inc.
6660 #D-451 Delmonico
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Tel.: (800) TRY-AYHC)
The American Youth Horse Council is the umbrella organization
providing leadership and resources to serve and promote the
youth horse industry.
for Horsemanship Safety (AAHS)
4125 Fish Creek Road,
Estes Park, CO 80517
Tel.: (866) 4856800
AAHS certifies instructors and assistant instructors
who take a
certification clinic and who pass the required exams. The website
provides information on horse riding, safety and law books and
P.O. Box 293, Nunawading, Vic. 3131, Austrailia
Tel.: 61 3 9877
worldwide links between countries &
offering therapeutic riding & driving, and to assist in
development of programs in new areas of the world.
National 4-H council
Ave., S.W., Stop 2225
The mission of 4-H is to advance the youth development
movement to build a world in which youth and adults learn,
grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.
for the Handicapped
Tel.: (800) 369-RIDE
NARHA promotes equine
facilitated activities and therapies in the
States and Canada.
They offer offers instructor and
riding center, center
accreditation, instructor certification,
advocacy, a journal
and electronic newsletter to members.
States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC)
4041 Iron Works
Pony Club is a junior equestrian organization, represented throughout
30 countries. The United States has over 600 individual clubs. Programs
are offered in dressage, eventing, show jumping, mounted games,
tetrahlon, quiz, vaulting, fox hunting and polocrosse.
Horse-Sense newsletter is a free, subscriber-supported,
electronic Q & A newsletter which deals with all
aspects of horses, their
management, riding and training.
JRJ is a free
moderated mail list for real kids to discuss real horses
and equestrian concerns with each other.
Strides website provides information on therapeutic riding and
links to therapeutic riding programs, disabilities information,
and other professional articles, sources for therapeutic riding
Strides own books for sale.
Occupational therapist Monica Wu explains the benefits of hippotherapy.
Check out the great photos.
The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association site with lots of resources,
information and links.
Horse Themed Activities
Lots of fine-motor and visual-perceptual activities with horse themes.
What Is Hippotherapy?
Learn about what speech, physical and occupational therapists are doing
during hippotherapy sessions.
An inspirational video but she forgot to wear her helmet!!!