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International Riding Helmets, LTD.
205 Industrial Loop
Staten Island, NY 10309
(800) 4356380

1333 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92154
(800) 9380155

Careers With Horses

Magazines for
Young Riders

Stable Kids
P.O. Box 1802
Grand Island, NE 68802-1802

Young Equestrian
4905 Mexico Rd.
St. Peters, MO 63376

Young Rider
P.O. Box 725
Williamsburg, VA 23187-0725

Magazines for
Teens and Up

Chronicle of the Horse
P.O. Box 46
Middleburg, VA 22117

Dressage Today
656 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1472

656  Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1472

Horse Illustrated
P.O. Box 57549
Boulder, CO 80322-7549

Horse & Rider
12265 West Bayaud, Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 80228

Practical Horseman
6405 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112

The Horse
P.O. Box 4710
Lexington, KY 40544-9945

Western Horseman
P.O. Box 7980
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-7980

Mainly for Children
Books about Horses and Riding

Horse Stories

©2008 Barbara Smith


How can parents help carryover the benefits of
hippotherapy after leaving the farm?
Check out this link.
Parent Carryover Activities

Mainly For Therapists, Instructors
and Volunteers


Bennett-Talbot, Betty, Bennett, Steven, Games on Horseback,
Storey Publishing, LLC, MA, 1999.
Games On Horseback
A collection of more than 50 games that reinforce specific riding
skills such as starting/stopping; mounting/dismounting; balance;
steering and leading.

Engel, 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.
Therapeutic Riding I

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
developmental riding.
Therapeutic Riding II

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
The Horse, The Handicapped, and the Riding Team

Engel, Barbara, Enhancing Human Occupation Through Hippotherapy,
AOTA Press, MD, 2007.
Enhancing 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 and Riders,
Wiley-Blackwell, 2002.
Practical 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
and accidents.

Harris, Susan, Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement, Howell Book
House, 2005.
Horse 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.

Heywood, Rosie, Pony Games (Riding School Series), Usborne Books,
Pony Games

An introduction to mounted games.

Hill, Cherry, 101 Longeing and Longlining Exercises
, Howell Book
House, 1998.

101 Longeing and Longlining Exercises

Hill, Cherry, 101 Arena Exercises: A Ringside Guide for Horse
and Rider, Storey Publishing, LLC, 1995.
101 Arena Exercises: A Ringside Guide for Horse

Joswick et al., Aspects and Answers: A Manual for Therapeutic
Horseback Riding Programs, Cheff Center. 1986
Aspects and Answers

Information on therapeutic riding instruction, games and exercises.

Spink, Jan, Developmental Riding Therapy,  Communication Skill
Builders, 1993.
Developmental Riding Therapy
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, Buckingham, England
, 2006.
Themed Lesson Plans for Riding Instructors
Themes include topics as first lessons, lead-line lessons, circles, school
figures, work without stirrups and/or reins, transition, lateral work, using
poles, cater work, dressage tests, drill rides and games.

Troup, Melissa,
Everyday Jumping for Riding Instructors: A Handbook for
Riders And Instructorskenilworth Press, Ltd, Addington, Buckingham,
England, 2006.

Everyday Jumping for Riding Instructors
This handbook is designed for training riders and horses in group lessons or
individually. It provides a collection of exercises, on the flat, and over poles.

Wallace, Jane, Teaching Children to Ride, kenilworth Press, Ltd, Addington,
Buckingham, England
Teaching Children To Ride
This author provides lots of fun and practical lesson ideas.

Weber, Toni, Mounted Games (Threshold Picture Guides),
Half-Halt Press, 1994.
Mounted Games

This book provides games to develop riding skills, speed
and precision, including vaulting.

Mainly For Parents

Barrett, Janet, On the Fence: A Parent's Handbook of Horseback Riding
(Howell Equestrian Library),  Howell Book House, 2006.
On 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 style,
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,, 2004.
The In-Gate: A Parent's Guide to Horse Shows
Topics include finding a trainer, owning vs. leasing, the basics of showing,
what judges look for, clothes and tack and financial planning.

Jahiel, Jessica, The Parent's Guide to Horseback Riding,
Lowell House, CA, 1999.
The 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.

Jahiel, Jessica,The Complete Idiot's Guide to Horse Back Riding,
Alpha, 2000.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Horse Back Riding

Pavia, Audrey, Horse Back Riding for Dummies, For Dummies, 2007.
Horse Back Riding For Dummies

Mainly for Riders and Parents
of Children With Disabilities


Britton,Vanessa, Riding For The Disabled, Batsford,B.T., 1991.
Riding For The Disabled

Davies, John Anthony, Reins of Life: An Instructional and Informative
Manual on Riding for the Disabled
, Hyperion Books, 1989.

Reins of Life

Henry, Diana A. and Sava Deanna Iris, Sensory Tools for Pets:
Animals and People Helping each Other, Henry OT Services, Inc.,
AZ, 2006.
Sensory 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.
Therapy Horses
This is a great photo book for parents to 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.
Horse Therapists
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 Texas
Press, Denton, TX, 2005.
Special 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 Safety (AAHS)
Tel.: (512) 4882220
This site
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.

American Hippotherapy Association
136 Bush Road
Damascus, PA 18415
Tel.: (888) 851-4592
American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA, Inc.) promotes
the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy
in physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions for people
living with disabilities.

American Horse council
616 H Street NW, 7th Floor,
Washington, DC 20006

This organization represents all segments of the horse
industry's interests in Washington, DC.

American Medical Equestrian Association (AMEA)
(502) 6958940
Links to issues related to riding and health and safety

American Riding Instructors Association
28801 Trenton Court
Bonita Springs, FL 34134-3337
Tel.: 239-9485053
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.

American Vaulting Association national Office (AVA)
8205 Santa Monica Blvd. #1-288
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 654-0800
The AVA was established in 1966 to build and
promote the sport of vaulting in the United States.

American Youth 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.

The Association 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

Federation of Disabled Riders
P.O. Box 293, Nunawading, Vic. 3131, Austrailia
Tel.: 61 3 9877
FDR encourages worldwide links between countries &
centers offering therapeutic riding & driving, and to assist in
the development of programs in new areas of the world.

National 4-H council
1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 2225
Washington, DC 20250-2225
(202) 720-2908
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.

North American Riding for the Handicapped
P.O. Box 33150
Denver, CO 80233
Tel.: (800) 369-RIDE
NARHA promotes equine facilitated activities and therapies in the United
States and Canada. They offer offers instructor and volunteer training,
riding center, center accreditation, instructor certification, conferences,
advocacy, a journal and electronic newsletter to members.

United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC)
4041 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511
Tel.: 859-254-7669
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.

Jessica Jahiel's 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.
The Strides website provides information on therapeutic riding and hippotherapy,
links to therapeutic riding programs, disabilities information, research, theses
and other professional articles, sources for therapeutic riding equipment and
Strides own books for sale.

Reinbow Therapy
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 for children
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!!!

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