This page is currently under construction. Video links are not yet operational. We are working to make the registration as smooth as possible with streamlined online training. We will be using Google Classroom to make the volunteer training completely digital! Topics will be available at the introductory and advanced levels. Required introductory volunteer viewing will be colored red.  Overall, there is some very exciting stuff coming your way!

Haltering at HHK

Leading Method at HHK 

Tying a Horse 

Grooming at HHK- identify and explain each of the tools

Grooming at HHK- how to bath a horses

Grooming at HHK- how to cool down a horse following work

Grooming – advance grooming skills – body/mane clip, mane and tail pulling

Tacking (English/Western) – the parts and how to

Safety Procedures at HHK: helmets, footwear, tack: stirrups, saddle position, girth, 

Tacking: cleaning, care and maintenance

Tacking: Advanced – Identify and know the purpose, use and function of bits (snaffle and curb), adaptive equipment, bitless bridles, breast plates and collars, bridles, safety stirrups, saddles (english and western), safety helmets, saddle pads, surcingles, bareback pads

Tacking: Advanced – selecting and evaluating equipment needs for riders and horses including: types of saddles and bridles, how saddle affects rider position, how bridle and saddle affects the horse, and adaptive equipment

Tacking: Advanced – how to fit tack to horses and riders

Mounting: Croup Mount (height of block/ramp, foot in stirrup or not, how to instruct volunteers, how to instruct riders), Alternative Mounting Techniques (Crest Mount, Hoist, Ramp, etc.)



The Gaits – identifying foot falls and beats of the walk, trot/jog, canter/lope – gallop

Feeding at HHK

Horsemanship:  The Horse – Breeds

Horsemanship: The Horse – Colors

Horsemanship:  The Horse – Markings

Horsemanship:  The Horse – Parts of the Horse

Horsemanship: Sense & Behavior – Senses of the Horse

Horsemanship: Sense & Behavior – Characteristics of Horse Behavior

Horsemanship:  Sense & Behavior -Horse senses & behavior as they affect riding safety

Horsemanship:  Sense & Behavior – Identifying stable vices and how to mitigate them

Horsemanship: Feeding & Watering – General Feed Requirements & Recognizing Poor Quality Feed

Horsemanship: Stable Management – Stall bedding material, cleaning, and hazards

Horsemanship: Stable Management – Manure handling for sanitary conditions

Horsemanship: Stable Management – horse protections : fly masks/bonnets, shelters, fly repellents

Horsemanship: Health and Sickness – Vital Signs 

Horsemanship: Health and Sickness – Recognizing signs of good health, illness, and behavior change

Horsemanship: Health and Sickness – Recognizing when a Horse is Unsound vs Blemished

Horsemanship: Health and Sickness – Conformation (Form & Function)

Horsemanship: Health and Sickness – Maintenance medications (deworming, vaccinations, hoof and teeth care programs)

Horsemanship: Health and Sickness – First Aid 

Selection and Training: explaining the characteristics of a therapy horse

Selection and Training: know how to train a horse to accept – leaders and sidewalkers, ambulation aids, mounting ramps and blocks, game equipment, mounting procedures

Selection and Training: conditioning and maintenance program for therapeutic riding horses including – lunging, schooling, and record keeping

Human First Aid Basics

Human CPR Refresher

Why the program is therapeutic.