The American Miniature Therapy Horse Association (AMTHA) Team Qualification Program judges potential miniature therapy horses and handlers in various situations and environments to ensure that the team is prepared to act appropriately in, but not limited to, institutional facilities, public settings, and one-on-one encounters.  Re-qualification is mandatory every 2 (two) years.  All applications for qualification will be reviewed by 3 (three) evaluators (recorded by video by the on-site evaluator and evaluated by 2 (two) off-site evaluators if an on-site evaluator is available and by video taken by a third party and submitted for evaluation by 3 (three) off-site evaluators).  If a team fails to meet all qualification criteria and needs correction and/or additional training, they will be designated “On Probation” and will be able to retest after 30 days.  A certificate of completion will be provided upon acceptance of proof that the following standards have been adhered to; or if the team is currently registered and in good standing with other organizations that require evaluations of miniature therapy horses and/or handlers.  All teams tested are required to have dues up-to-date and pay fee for testing.

Requirements for Qualification:

Successful completion of all standards of qualification.

Minimum age of handler is contingent upon local and/or state child participation statutes.  Copy and proof of meeting statutes required.


Minimum age of horse is 6 (six) months


Completion of 5 (five) documented therapy visits


Handler Health Requirements:


Negative TB (If required by handler’s State Health Department)


Horse Health Requirements:  (copies required at time of qualification application)

Vaccinations (appropriate for geographical area to be determined by owner/handler and their veterinarian)

Yearly Health Certificate from Vet

Negative Coggins-if required in your state

 
Grooming Standards:

 Therapy horses are required to have the highest grooming and cleanliness standards due to the nature of their work.  The standards maintain the cleanliness to protect the horse and clients at all times.  The horses coat, mane and tail should be soft and free of dirt, dander and loose hair.  Winter coat is acceptable during the fall and winter seasons.  Hooves are to be properly trimmed and cleaned with pick and brush and washed with disinfectant before entering any building.

Behavior Standards

Desensitized to:

         Loud and/or unexpected noises

         Medical and housekeeping machinery

         Sudden movement of individuals and people in a group

         Objects blowing with the wind or flapping on either side,  back and front 

Behavior:

        Moves with handler

         Navigates in close spaces

         Can be approached from either side, back and front  without incident

         Gentle Demeanor

        No Nipping

        Approachable front, behind and sides

        Loading/Unloading

        Navigates around equipment (wheelchair, crutches, walker, scooter chair)

        Shows appropriate individual interactions with child and adult


Set  up an evaluation: 

Joey Ogburn (602) 400-0826

 Vice President of the

American Miniature Therapy Horse Association



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