Session J 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. J1, Logical Laterals Part 1 CR All Learn how to introduce laterals to your equine partner on the ground and transition this to ridden work. Lateral work is essential for equine partners soundness as it shows them how to transfer weight from the forehand to the haunches. Every instructor and every equine partner is capable of doing this work when it is broken down into ATHENA horse training’s system of clear, logical and progressive steps. You will learn: What are laterals - leg yield, shoulder in, renvers, travers, and half pass; Why is lateral work necessary to strengthen equine partners physically and mentally: How do you teach laterals to equine partners in a way that doesn’t stress them out?
Betsy Kahl is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor and CTRI, and has taught lessons in New Hampshire, Ohio and Texas. Currently, she is as an instructor in the veteran’s program at ROCK in Georgetown, TX, and travels to train other equine-assisted services professionals in classical work in-hand to strengthen and support their equine partners. Betsy has recently launched a nonprofit, Wonder Horse Ranch, and a business, Wonder Horse Equestrian LLC, to continue advancing opportunities for veterans, first responders, youth at risk, and others to learn the classical training system. Betsy completed her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and earned her master’s of social work degree at Cleveland State University. As a Licensed clinical social worker, Betsy has studied and practiced animal-assisted therapy, and has been able to partner with horses, dogs, turtles, snakes and skunks to connect with others and facilitate change.
J2, Three Dimensional Motion Study of Human, Horse & Camel Gait CE A team of Baylor researchers has conducted a motion study of human, horse and camel gait using state-of-the-art motion capture equipment. The aim is to investigate and compare three-dimensional motion patterns generated during gait, and experienced by riders, as may be beneficial for therapeutic applications.
Brian A. Garner is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Baylor University with a research focus in human biomechanics, musculoskeletal modeling and health-application machine design. Inspired by the benefits of hippotherapy, Dr. Garner developed a mechanical horse-riding simulator over many years with the vision of providing a complementary tool to expand access to the benefits of equine motion. With support from Baylor University, Dr. Garner founded Chariot Innovations Inc., as an outlet for innovative technologies that improve quality of life by utilizing movement to address disability and related healthcare challenges.
Session K 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. K1, Logical Laterals Part 2 CR ALL Continuation of J1.
K2, Baylor Autism Research Study With Horse Riding Simulator CE A multidisciplinary team of professors at Baylor University is conducting a two-year study on the effects in children with autism of an intervention that involves riding on a mechanical horse riding simulator while multitasking with a variety of speech, puzzle and motor activities. Effects are being assessed for speech, language, behavior, gait, muscle coordination (EMG) and brain wave activity (EEG).
Brian A. Garner see bio in session J2
Session L 11:15 - 12:15 p.m. L1, Roundtable Discussion for Instructors