Foundation and Therapy Training
All IWWH therapy and trail horses must complete our foundation training program. This program starts at birth and will continue up until the horses 4th year.
The horse must be able to complete each task to pass training. Tasks include, standing still for bath, clipping, and tacking, pick up feet easily, trailer loading, ponying horses and being ponied. Horse must be desensitized to all kinds of objects including tarps, noodles, balls, cars, bikes, and atvs, as well as loud noises like gunshots, lawn equipment, etc.
The horse will have at least 90 days under saddle with 60 being trail ridden. Completion of this program will certify that the horse shows competency in being an ideal trail partner. This training also focuses on building a "foundation" of skills nescessary to produce the safest possible therapy horse.
IWWH therapeutic horse training takes the "foundation" built in foundation training and maximizes it for therapy use.
Horses that are deemed candidates for potential therapy use will be assessed on 5 personality and physical characteristics; courage, stamina, athleticism, temperament, and energy. Once selected the horse will undergo the training most closely aligning with type of therapy it will be used in. Therapeutic training will continue until the horses 7th year.
We believe our program will help reduce the risk of incident within the equine field, setting a much needed standard of quality and safety for the industry.
For more information call Facilities Coordinator Leah Johnson @ 870-450-3879.