HJW Equine Studies - Equine Therapy Program
with Helen J. Woods

An intensive course teaching all of the necessary
skills to become an equine therapist.

Who should take this course?
Anyone who is involved with horses and would like to understand them better. If you are looking for a career in Equine Therapy, this course is for you. If you're a rider, breeder, or competitor who would like to know more about how to care for your equine partners, this course is for you.

Who is the instructor?
Helen J. Woods, Equine Therapist
Helen is currently working throughout the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and the United States. She travels extensively, giving awareness clinics and treating all breeds and disciplines. She has a very high success rate in treating horses with care and concern for over 26 years - helping severe and chronic lameness and maintaining  correct body structure.
Helen has been teaching this highly successful course for over twenty years, with students obtaining very satisfactory results. Graduates of the HJW Equine Therapy program have successful business in Canada, USA, Ireland, Israel, Australia, Switzerland, Dubai and Bermuda and Germany.

How often is the course available?
Course dates are set based upon the instructor's travel schedule and availability, but are generally held in the spring and fall. Course dates are posted on the website, www.helenjwoods.com or call Helen J. Woods at 250-672-9891for more information on the course dates.

Where is the course Held?
Circle W. Quarter Horses, Barrière, British Columbia, Canada

Where can I stay while I'm studying?
Call for list of room and board with local families or motels in the area.

What will I learn?
Over the eight 5-day courses you and your classmates will learn everything you need to know to become an Equine Therapy businesses through intensive study and hands-on practice.

Areas of study include:

  • Anatomy of the horse
  • Skeletal structure
  • Muscle structure
  • Correct movement  of the horse in all gaits
  • Conformation: ideal and problems that cause stress and lameness
  • Lameness: an overall view of general types of lameness encountered, lame and unnatural movement
  • Homeopathy for horses
  • Horseshoeing overview: examining correctness and problems that can cause lameness
  • Spinal Manipulation: maneuvering of the vertebrae and positioning of structure
  • Saddle fitting and proper padding for English and Western
  • Massage and Acupressure: stress points and proper user of hands
  • Study of personal case histories
  • Practical Experience: uses of equine therpay (hands-on-training)
  • Business management, advertising, servicing customers successfully

Practical Experience:
Students will travel to horse facilities in the area, meeting "customers" and gaining hands-on experience treating a variety of horses.

The course costs are $875 per module plus $250 registration. Eight 5-day courses are required to complete the course. This includes all instruction. Applicants are required to include a $1500 deposit with applications for acceptance into the program.

Students are required to obtain three text books at their own expense for the course (if you have difficulty finding the books, contact us for more information). The text books are:

Horse Conformation: Structure, Soundness and Performance
By: Equine Research
ISBN: 159228-4876

Horse Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas
by: Robert A Kainer and Thomas O. McCracken
ISBN: 1-57779-017-0

Practical Guide to Lameness in Horses
by: Ted Stashak
ISBN: 0-683-07985-9

To apply:
Please forward a complete resume, including all past accomplishments, training, years involved with horses,
proof of completion of grade 12 or equivalent (mature students over 19 who do not have their grade 12 will be considered, but must include photo ID or other identification that reflects that they meet the requirements) cheque or money order for deposit and any other information you think will help with the selection process to:

Helen J. Woods
PO Box 1430
Barriere, British Columbia, Canada
V0E 1E0

You can call for more information: 250-672-9891
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