CPTRH: The Hippotherapy Practice Module course: 26 - 29 Oct 2018

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Clwyd Special Riding Centre,Wrexham, , Clwyd , Llanfynydd LL11 5HN

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Hippotherapy Course

This is a post graduate course offered to physiotherapists who wish to work in the field of physiotherapy which uses the horse within treatment. Students are registered with Robert Gordon University and 15 transferable credits at level 11 are gained following successful completion of each module assessment.
The aims of the course are to train physiotherapists to be able to:
  • assess and select equines for hippotherapy
  • deliver best practice hippotherapy 


  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy membership
  • Health Professions Council registration
  • ACPTR membership
  • 1 year post graduate experience
  • Completion and submission of the CPTRH Equine Skills Record prior to acceptance on the course
  • Applicants are required to register for the complete course

Horse riding experience: 

CPTRH recommends that applicants for the Hippotherapy Course should have horse riding skills to add to their overall equine experience.
Applicants should be aware that during the Equine Module they will be required to be led at walk in an enclosed arena. This is subject to the availability of weight carrying horses and applicants’ health.
For anyone who intends to practise Therapeutic Back-riding, which is demonstrated in the Hippotherapy Practice Module, CPTRH guidelines for safe practice state that the back-rider should have independent hands-free riding at walk and trot on a bareback pad, either led or lunged.

Course Structure

The course consists of 2 sequential modules and an assessment of profession practice
  • Equine Module
  • Hippotherapy Practice Module

Equine Module

There is pre-course study and reading which is essential to complete before this module.
This is a 4 day module. Following the module applicants will be required to submit a written assignment on the suitability of an equine of their choice for hippotherapy.