Understanding the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding for Equine Facilitated / Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning Practitioners


Dates October 26 – 29, 2020
Costs AU$1200 per person
Trainer Sarah Morehouse, Counsellor, HERD Institute, PATH Certified
Registrations To Register email for Application Form admin@equinepsychotherapy.net.au


Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify the physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits of therapeutic riding
  2. Participants will recognize the benefits of incorporating therapeutic riding principles into their EFPL work
  3. Participants will be introduced to the neurodiversity paradigm
  4. Participants will be able to identify the various client populations that might benefit from therapeutic riding


Workshop Format

This workshop will provide participants with the philosophical and theoretical foundations of how to incorporate therapeutic riding principles into their current EFPL practice. We will explore the history, theory, and practice of therapeutic riding, and offer practical suggestions on how to bring this into working with your current clients. Sessions will be a combination of classroom- based learning, hands on demonstrations, and experiential exercises.


Curriculum Outline

DAY 1: What is Therapeutic Riding?

History of Therapeutic Riding

  • Definitions
  • Scope of Practice
  • Types of certifications
  • Terminology
  • Populations served

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding for physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges

  • Importance of Language
  • The Neurodiversity Paradigm

DAY 2: Linking Therapeutic Riding Benefits to EFPL Practice

Population Specific Benefits

  • Working with the elderly
  • Working with neurodivergent clients
  • Working with Trauma and Attachment

DAY 3: Practical Considerations

  • Facility set-up
  • Legal and Logistical
  • Assessments
  • Volunteer training – how to train volunteers, and when to bring them into sessions
  • Equine considerations – suitability and differences in considerations between EFPL and Therapeutic Riding

DAY 4: In Practice

  • Program/Session Design and Delivery
  • Case studies
  • Role plays and practice sessions


Trainer Bio

Sarah Morehouse, MCouns, EFPL, CTRI

Sarah Morehouse is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, receiving her Masters in Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue). In addition, Sarah is certified in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning through The HERD Institute, as well as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification with The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.

Sarah has worked with horses for over 25 years, understanding and advocating for the power that horses can have in helping to heal. She specializes in working with teenagers and children, and is experienced in running groups, training workshops, as well as working with adult and senior populations.

Sarah’s experience living abroad provides her with a broad perspective of therapeutic horsemanship, having worked for various Riding for the Disabled (RDA) programs, and presented on therapeutic riding and equine-facilitated learning to a diverse audience.

Sarah is Program Manager, Faculty Member, and Mentor with The HERD Institute. She is also the Program Director and Instructor for Wedgefield HEAL, an up and coming non-profit therapeutic riding
and equine-facilitated learning program.

Register Now! Contact Meg Kirby for an application form:

Email: admin@equinepsychotherapy.net.au
Phone: 0437 882 600