This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, just some good ones I’ve come across so far.
- PATH Intl. – “PATH Intl. is an international voice of the EAAT industry. As the premier professional membership organization, PATH Intl. advocates for EAAT and provides standards for safe and enabling equine interaction, through education, communication, standards and research.”
- PATH Intl.’s Directory of Resources – articles and certification information
- PATH Intl.’s “Equine Tips” Page – horse care tips that relate to therapeutic riding from PATH Intl.’s E-newsletter
- PATH Intl.’s Community Connections Resource Page – links, documents, information…all you need to do is register
- Horses Helping People Webinar Series – “A webinar is a seminar or presentation given over the Internet. …The webinar series targets an audience of Certified PATH International licensed instructors, volunteers, and community members interested in learning more about the topics.”
- Preparatory Therapeutic Riding Instructor Course – goes over all the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Criteria at the basic level
- Horses Can Help – “a wealth of information for parents, participants, riding instructors and therapists”
- Equestrian Special Olympics Coaching Guide (March 2012) – goes over required basic riding skills and patterns for the Special Olympics (and riding in general!), with wonderful picture illustrations, and a list of errors and corrections for each skill. This is an amazing resource!
- Horse Sense Of The Carolinas – a national provider of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning services, and a leading resource for equine facilitated therapy professionals worldwide.
- “Equestrians With Disabilities Competition for Independent Riders” from the AQHA Handbook Section IV 483 – general rules and some great patterns
- GallopNYC collection of links – this is an amazing compilation of over 400 links to resources related to therapeutic riding and disabilities!
- Speech Language Hippotherapy – this blog is geared toward speech language pathology using hippotherapy, but it provides some good ideas for riding instructors too!
- Hay Let’s Ride – a great TR lesson plan blog
- The Riding Instructor – a great blog about instructing able bodied riding students
- Extraordinary Horses – promotes the therapeutic benefits of horses, overview of Equine Assisted Activities/Therapies, link resources
- What Horses Teach – a great blog of reflections “on horses, riding, teaching and the field of Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies”
- Adaptive Saddlery Equipment List by RDA
- Therapeutic Riding I: Strategies for Instruction (2 Volume Set) by Barbara T. Engel
- Centered Riding by Sally Swift – great explanations of body mechanics and use of visual images
- 101 Arena Exercises by Cherry Hill – great explanations of basic through rather advanced riding skills, complete with what how and why for each one
- CHA Composite Horsemanship Manual – explains riding and horse care skills in good detail through 4 levels
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
- Games on Horseback by Betty Bennett-Talbot
- Games for All Seasons: designed for use in therapeutic riding lessons by Nancy Hohmann
- Themed Lesson Plans by Melissa Troup
- Teaching Children to Ride by Melissa Troup
- Therapeutic Riding Games Ebook by Kay Rosenthal PhD, RN
- Exercises for Therapeutic Riding by Jerri Lincoln
- Hope Rising – a beautiful book about abused horses healing abused kids
- FreedomRider.com – a source of TR books
- Dynamic Treatment for the Hippotherapy Client – although for hippotherapy, many of the concepts, games and activities apply to TR. This book is thick and packed with info, and was written by my friends!
- Traumatic Brain Injury & Therapeutic Riding by Anita Shkedi – factual, scientific information with personal observations and outcomes of dealing with people with traumatic brain injury and how they have benefited form equines, including Case Studies and Teaching Notes. To order a copy of the book, please contact Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Riding Fear Free: Help for Fearful Riders and Their Teachers by PATH Intl. Instructor Laura Daley and co-authored by Jennifer Becton – “Learn how to apply the scientific principle of fear extinction and memory replacement, so you [and your students] will never have another fearful ride.”
- Balance in Movement by Susanne Von Dietze – in depth but easy to read about rider biomechanics. I HIGHLY recommend this one!
- STRIDES Archives – PATH Intl.’s quarterly magazine
- Instructor Voice Archives – PATH Intl.’s Instructor newsletter
- Neuroscience of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies by Susan E. Grant, OTR/L – a wonderfully illustrated PowerPoint presentation on your students’ bodies, using EAAT, lesson plans… go read it right now!
- 2011 PATH Intl Conference Handouts – download workshop and session presentations on lots of different topics
- 2012 PATH Intl Conference Handouts
- 2013 PATH Intl Conference Handouts
- 2014 PATH Intl Conference Handouts
- “Tall in the Saddle: The Monumental Effects of Hippotherapy” by Kimberly Sechrist – not Therapeutic Riding, but great pictures to learn from that demonstrate everything for a purpose
- Feature Articles: Horse Training and Riding website article collection on riding skills by Meredith Manor
- “Recommended reading” posts – all the informational articles I have shared on this blog
- “News articles” posts – all the news articles I have shared on this blog
- The Visible Rider: Anatomy in Motion by Susan Harris and Peggy Brown
- My “Videos” tagged posts – all the videos and documentaries I have shared on this blog
- Spirit Dances – the blog of a beautiful woman in her 20’s with Rett Syndrome who rides horses, writes music, and speaks through facilitated communication
- FreedomRider.com – tack shop and TR equipment
If you want to add to the list or see anything that needs updating, let me know!
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!