You will earn a bachelors degree by studying for four years and an associates degree for completing a two year program.
To begin the certification path an instructor must have at least 1 year of teaching experience, meet riding skill requirements, participate in at least one open clinic and complete a 7-day certification course. Costs may vary based on level and where the course is taking place.
There are several certification options and training courses for those interested in the field of therapeutic riding.
American Hippotherapy Association
Horse trainers need to have:
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An early career Horse Trainer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.55 based on 38 salaries. A mid-career Horse Trainer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.00 based on 31 salaries.
CPTRH Hippotherapy Course Pre-requisites
Therapeutic Riding Instructor SalaryPercentileSalaryLocation25th Percentile Therapeutic Riding Instructor Salary$41,499US50th Percentile Therapeutic Riding Instructor Salary$45,444US75th Percentile Therapeutic Riding Instructor Salary$51,147US90th Percentile Therapeutic Riding Instructor Salary$56,340US
Equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP), also known as equine-assisted psychotherapy, is, as the name suggests, therapy that features interactions with horses. Unlike therapeutic horseback riding, a licensed mental health professional facilitates EFP group sessions, and, in many cases, no horseback riding is involved.
It is not uncommon for horse trainers to work six or seven days per week and up to 12 hours per day, if necessary. Horse trainers should enjoy working outdoors, where most training takes place, though some exercises can be done in indoor training arenas.
Horse trainers, also called equine trainers, work with horses to prepare them for riders, races, trail work and/or horse shows. They help horses adapt to wearing saddles and bridles, teach vital riding commands and work with the animals to correct behavioral issues related to abuse or other trauma.