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  • 1. Appalachian FoothillsTherapeutic Equestrian Center Volunteer Orientation 1

2. Welcome to AFTEC!!AFTEC wants your experience to be safe, rewarding,therapeutic and fun. It is essential for our participants andhorses that we uphold consistency in AFTEC activities,procedures and policies. The hows and whys of theAFTEC way of doing things will be explained in thispresentation and during Skills Development OpportunitiesDays. If you have any questions, please dont hesitate toask. We are looking forward to sharing this journey withyou!2 3. Mission StatementThe Appalachian FoothillsTherapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. is dedicated to improvingthe quality of lifeof individuals with physical, emotional anddevelopmental disabilities by facilitating the exploration of the age old relationship between horse and human.3 4. AFTECs missionis to provide a safe, secure environmentin which individuals can benefit fromexperiencing, riding and driving horses in a mannerwhich acknowledgesnot only the special needs but the special abilities of each and every rider.4 5. Contact Information: Executive Director:Mark A. Martinoffice~ 606-965-2158aftec@prtcnet.org cell~ 606-975-0757 frinc@prtcnet.org Lead Instructor/ Program Director: Cheryl Martinoffice~ 606-965-2158cell~ 606-521-0710cheryl.martin360@yhoo.com Volunteer Coordinator: Emily Wellsoffice~ 859-623-4513emily_wells14@mymail.eku.edu Facilities Manager:Jim McCaffertycell~859-582-0654 sign_man79@live.net Lesson Coordinator:Kerry Taulbee859-303-3412kerrytaulbee@hotmail.com Web Master:Sue Wells office~859-623-4513wellsfamily55@yahoo.com 5 6. What should I wear??Dress comfortably in durable, outdoorPlease do not wear tube tops. sportswear.Hats should fit securely,Shorts are acceptable but no shortstampede strings are recommended. shorts, please. Dangling jewelry may be eaten.Please wear T-shirts that are acceptable for children and families. Sunscreen is highly recommended.Wear sturdy, protective andCell phones off when youre working.comfortable footwear. No opentoed shoes, sandals or flip flops.6 7. General Safety Guidelines Always walk around the horses. Talk softly when approaching the horses. Do not feed the horses without authorization. Never offer the horses food from your hands. Do not pet or bother resting horses. Do not let horses graze during sessions.7 8. General Safety Guidelines continued: Unauthorized persons should not enteroccupied stalls or paddocks. Stalls should not be cleaned with horses inside. Do not leave stall cleaning tools in walkwaysor in the driveway of the barn. Lock the gates when leaving the barn. Always tie horses with a quick release knot. 8 9. General Safety Guidelinescontinued: NEVER tie up horses by their bits. Avoidleading horses by their bits. Allow horses to become with any new orstrange object slowly and from many angles. No dogs are permitted other than support dogs. Everyone must wear a helmet when riding. No smoking in AFTEC areas unless marked asa smoking area. 9 10. General EmergencyProcedures/Policies as soon as possible.The instructor takes charge of the rider and stabilizes the situation This may mean removing other riders and horses from the area.The Leader will take charge of the horse and remove him from the area.Sidewalkers will stay with their rider.First Aid, if needed, will be administered by personnel with current CPR and First AidTraining.Universal Precautions should be followed if body fluids are involved. All necessary protective equipment is in the First Aid Kits.Call emergency numbers as needed.If the emergency involves the health or behavior of the horse it is the leaders responsibility to inform the instructor. The instructor will dismount the rider (unless an emergency dismount has already taken place) and the leader will remove the equine from the arena if possible.At all times remain calm and in control.10 11. Fire Plan BEFORE YOU NEED TO, KNOW THE LOCATION OF AVAILABLEFIRE EXTINGUISHERS, EXITS AND RALLY POINTS. WE MUST ACT CALMLY AND QUICKLY IN CASE OF FIRE. PEOPLE FIRST THEN HORSES. FOLLOW POSTED FIRE EVACUATION PLANS TO RALLY POINTS. CALL 911 11 12. Tornados If a tornado warning has been issued for MadisonCounty it is likely that classes for the day will becancelled. Call to confirm. If a tornado is spotted without warning riders will bedismounted and removed to a safe area. Horses will be evacuated from structures and turnedout into designated areas. Everyone will remain in designated safe areas untilthe all clear is given by the instructor or otheremergency personnel. 12 13. Electrical Storms(If riding out of doors.) At the first sound of thunder the instructor willcall a line up and halt. The instructor will dismount the riders. Riders will leave the arena and move to a safelocation. Leaders will take the horses to a safe locationand wait for further instructions.13 14. Heat and Humidity In summer months sessions will occasionallybe cancelled because of a high heat index. If the heat index is 95 degrees or highersessions will be cancelled due to the danger ofheat exhaustion or heat stroke to the riders,volunteers and horses. On hot days during lessons, water and cooltowels will be available.14 15. Horse Care for Extreme Heat If a horse is noticed to be in distress with elevated respirationand body temperature remember that the best thing to do is getthe horse into a cool shaded area and run cool water directlyonto the horse. The areas under the throat and on the chest are good areas forfast cooling. Ice may also be applied. When the horse feels cool to the touch, scrape off the waterand place him in his stall with a fan to keep him cool. Regularchecks should be made for an hour. Do not feed or water an overheated horse withoutauthorization from the Head Wrangler. If the horse does not respond quickly to the above procedurescall one of the vets whose numbers are posted. 15 16. Horse Health EmergencyExamples of such emergencies may include: Lameness, Colic,Unusual BehaviorIf this happens during a lesson: The instructor will call to Whoa all horses and dismount theeffected rider in the center of the arena. The sidewalkers will accompany the rider out of the arena. The leader will take the horse to a safe area and notify theHead Wrangler. The lesson will resume with the remaining riders, horses andsupport personnel.If the horses condition is serious, the Head Wrangler or otherdesignated person will call the Vet (numbers are posted).Other persons will remain away from the area in which thehorse is being treated.16 17. Stewardship AFTEC is a non-profit agency. All materialsand equipment are provided by or throughdonations from others. It is, therefore, important to practice goodstewardship. Good stewardship involves propermaintenance, cleaning, storage and repair ofmaterials and equipment. 17 18. Stewardship, continued Good stewardship also involves recycling andreusing. AFTEC makes an effort to recycle all appropriatematerials including- but not limited to- plastics,paper, glass, cardboard and aluminum and steel cans. Please help us in this effort. Please consider recycling in your own home andworkplace. 18 19. Introduction to Equine AssistedActivities and Therapies (EAAT)EAAT uses horses, ponies or mules for the purpose ofcontributing positively to the cognitive, physical,emotional and social well-being of people withdisabilities.The following classifications reflect the primary fieldsof EAAT and their different approaches. Anintegrated approach uses the therapeutic benefits inall four fields, however each can be practiced as aspecialty. 19 20. 20 21. TherapyEquine activities are used as a form of therapy toachieve physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioraland communication goals.Health professions including physical therapy,occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychologyhave specialized forms of treatment using the horsewithin their professions.These include, but are not limited to, ClassicHippotherapy, Hippotherapy, Developmental RidingTherapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy21 22. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)The emphasis is to incorporate cognitive, behavioral, psychological and physical goals into the program plan while teaching adaptive riding, driving or vaulting.Therapeutic riding instructors, educational specialists and health professionals are involved in the design and implementation in the programs. 22 23. Pilot Participant/Family Feedback Questionnaire (2009) ~Dreager & SrsicRESULTS 23 24. SportActivities are directed toward the acquisition of skills leading to the accomplishment of specific horsemanship goals.Therapeutic riding instructors are primarily responsible for the design and implementation of the program.24 25. 25 26. Recreation and LeisureThe emphasis is on an enjoyable, relaxing experience thatprovides additional therapeutic benefits in the area ofsocialization, posture, mobility and an overall improvedquality of life.Individuals may participate in horse-related activities to their maximum ability in an atmosphere of support, structure and socialization for the primary purpose of the intrinsic enjoyment of the activity.Therapeutic riding instructors and recreational therapists areprimarily responsible for program development. Healthprofessionals and educational specialists are involved on aconsultative basis.26 27. 27 28. Hippotherapy (HPOT) Hippotherapy is a direct medical treatment. Medical professionals, primarily physical andoccupational therapists use this treatment fortheir clients who have movement dysfunction.28 29. Horses for Heroes H4H was developed by PATH Intl. and is a program of Equine AssistedActivities and Therapies (EAAT) for veterans and active duty soldiers. EAAT have been found helpful in assisting wounded warriors reconnectwith their families and communities and to rise above psychological andphysical challenges through the age-old relationshi