Day 1 Agenda — April 23

Welcome by Kathy Alm 9:00-9:05 am

Welcome and opening remarks.

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The Right Horse Initiative Adoptions and Pilot Programs 9:05-10:05 am

The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of equine industry and welfare professionals and advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition. Our goal is to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. With over 50 adoption and industry partners, our shared philosophy leverages collaboration and innovation to create long-term solutions for at-risk horses. We are Good People for Good Horses, and proud to partner with PATH International. Learn about what this means for PATH members, current pilot programs, and the potential that adoptable horses have to fit into EAAT programming.

Presenter: Christie Kappert, Program Manager, WaterShed Animal Fund

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Mini Horses, Maximum Benefits 10:10-11:10 am

Mini Horses, Maximum Benefits— Learn how to utilize miniature horses in your EAAT program. They may be small in stature, but they are large in heart, and can be mobile ambassadors for your program while also working in EFP, EAL, and ground school lessons.

Presenters: Malaika Albrecht, Executive Director, Rocking Horse Ranch, and Sherri Moore, Barn Manager, Rocking Horse Ranch

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Teaching the First Canter 11:15-12:15 pm

Teaching First Canter: It’s both exciting and fear-inducing and the ultimate goal for many riders. In this webinar, we’ll address the important skills prerequisite of learning to canter and a progression of skills to teach at the canter. We’ll look at the pros and cons of various methods to teach first canter, as well as the most common mistakes riders make. Most importantly, we’ll address keeping your riders safe and your horses happy, while teaching novice riders to canter.

Presenter: Julie Goodnight, Founder,

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Lunch Break 12:15-12:45 pm

Take a 30 minute lunch break or spend time connecting with your peers in chat!

Risk Management for Horse Programs 12:45-1:45 pm

This online interactive session will discuss risk management in equine programs and how you can be better prepared to handle incidents when they occur, staff issues, horse issues, client issues, etc. We will discuss law suits in our industry where the equine professional lost that now stand as precedence for future cases. We will go over required insurances, documentation, etc. We will end by looking at a variety of photos and trying to find the risk in them.

Presenter: Christy Landwehr, Master Level Riding Instructor & Equine Facility Manager

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Behavior Management in Therapeutic Riding and Driving for Instructors 1:50-2:50 pm

This online interactive session will discuss risk management in equine programs and how you can be better prepared to handle incidents when they occur, staff issues, horse issues, client issues, etc. We will discuss Therapeutic riding emerged as a physical and occupational therapy technique - Hippotherapy. However, recent years have shifted the breadth of services sought and provided towards psychosocial and social-emotional wellness rather than only a physical therapy intervention. Parallel to the need for psychosocial and social-emotional wellness is the skill of emotional regulation. By understanding horse’s natural ability, behavior, and movement, the horse aids in building social rapport and providing feedback (i.e. mirroring) between instructor and participant. Furthermore, it is the attachment, or bond, that forms between the participant and horse that aids in the therapeutic process and relationship building (i.e. affect management and behavioral regulation). This session provides an overview of behavior management in therapeutic riding and driving for instructors. Case examples include a diverse range of ages, skill, and social-emotional needs. Strategies for vocal interaction to redirect behaviors as well as opportunities to collaborate with the horse in redirection will be discussed. Finally, behavior modification activities to increase awareness and skill for self-regulation will be shared.

Presenter: Aviva Vincent, Director of Program Quality & Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and Lauren Simak, Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center

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Wrap Up 2:50-2:55 pm

Quick review of the day and preview of day 2.

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