TEWKSBURY TWP., N.J. — Mane Stream was a host facility for the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Part II June 13 to 16.

Ten therapists from around the world (including Canada and Chile) spent four days learning from AHA, Inc. faculty Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS and Meredith Bazaar, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS about the ins and outs of utilizing equine movement as part of a client's integrated plan of care.

The disciplines of occupational and physical therapy and speech language pathology were represented by the participants. Course participants honed their knowledge of equine movement by evaluating members of the Mane Stream herd and then used that knowledge when learning how to match a horse to a patient.

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Volunteers came to Mane Stream for two days to let the course participants practice how to use equine movement during co-treatments. When not with the patients, course participants learned about different types of equipment, handling, and ways to maintain horses utilized for hippotherapy.

A dinner was held and course participants got to sit with Taylor and Bazaar and discuss the different certifications that are available through the American Hippotherapy Certification Board.

For more information about the four day AHA course and the services that Mane Stream provides contact Coordinator of Therapy Services Melanie Dominko-Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS at melanie@manestreamnj.org or visit www.manestreamnj.org.

About Mane Stream — Mane Stream is a non-profit registered charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine assisted activities, therapy services and educational initiatives. Mane Stream is designated as a Premier Accredited Center of PATH - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, who provides education, accreditation and resources for the equine assisted activities industry.

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