Happy Holidays! I hope everyone’s doing well. I had grand plans to use the kids’ time in preschool to make some new blog posts and update my Certification info pages, but we’ve had one illness after another come through the house since August – one from which I got gastroparesis and was so nauseous for weeks that I could barely look at a computer – so none of that happened. That is the just season of life that we are in. Anyway, I am on the up and wanted to share something for the holidays. Conveniently I found this links post I had started the last holiday season right before having a baby and never got to posting, so I will add a few and share it now! I’ll be honest, I have been truly out of it lately, especially out of the therapeutic riding industry, so maybe these links are old news to you, but here you have them anyway. I truly hope you all had a good year and wish you the best with your programs!
p.s. If anyone wants to be a guest contributor on the blog please lmk 😉 I’m always up for anything therapeutic riding related that is helpful to share!
~ Want to know more about the new PATH Intl CTRI certification process? Check out Hoof Falls & Footfalls’ The Ultimate Schooling Session for the CTRI Certification Process. I took this when it first came out and it’s helped me understand the new process immensely. It’s excellent whether you’re getting certified or a mentor.
~ The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies is for sale again, at least as a Kindle version – yes it’s expensive,, but if you’re learning to instruct therapeutic horseback riding or getting certified, it’s right at the top of my list for must-haves.
~ The Able Edge – a website and blog also with courses toward CTRI certification. I don’t know anything else about it, I haven’t taken the courses, but I’m always glad to see another adaptive riding resource on the internet because there are so few! I found this link last year, however as I post this it looks like the website isn’t working, but you can check out the Facebook Page, and this great worksheet for taking a horse’s vitals that she uses when lessons are cancelled.
~ The CHA has a video streaming service of educational videos helpful for the riding instructor that looks awesome.
~ If you want some ideas of what to do with your ponies while they’re on winter break, or new exercises to incorporate into trainings, check out Jec Ballou’s Training Tips blog posts! I know I already shared this link on my Horse Conditioning Tips post this year from a Jec seminar I attended a long time ago, but just had to share it again because I like her approach that much.
~ Check out 5 Exercises to Help You Find and Feel Correct Dressage Leg Position for a short article with some unmounted and mounted exercises
~ A short good example of teaching step by step the use of the rider’s seat.
~ A short video example of teaching step by step how each thing you do in instructing has a purpose!
~ I enjoyed this video of “Equimotricity” as it offers some new ideas for activities with riders (use your own judgement on what would work best for your rider and be safest). I particularly like the idea of putting a ball in the end of a PVC pipe so it rolls through!
Until next time, Merry Christmas!
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement! If you would like to contribute an activity or article, please contact me here, I would love to hear from you!