Questions about NARHA/ PATH certification, costs of hippotherapy versus therapeutic
Oh gosh, I'll try to keep this organized, my head is swimming with questions.
At present, I am teaching at small riding academy in Northwest Georgia. Mostly dressage, a little hunter eq. This isn't my full time job nor my career, but I adore the kids I teach and the horses I work with. We're relatively new to the area, only about 50 students enrolled at present, but we have a board of directors keen on expansion. I volunteered to research avenues into therapeutic riding, mostly because I have a keen interest of working with a range of anxiety and social disorders. I am very empathetic to PTSD, and in particular would love provide outreach to teens and returning veterans. I've got a real knack for keeping people and horses calm. I have several friends who have approached me, questioning me about therapeutic riding..and I dunno, feels like an avenue I need to investigate.
The little bit of reading I've done this morning is already daunting. While I understand the differences between TR and HT, I am pitching this proposition to a board of business men. Ergo, I have to ask, which is more lucrative? Which is a more feasible avenue to pursue starting from the ground up?
To my understanding in TR, the bare minimum of handlers in the ring must be two: a certified instructor, and a licensed OT, COTA, or PT, correct? And possibly handlers depending on the rider's needs. Do handlers need to be certified as well? Or can they be adult volunteers? I understand at least one handler must be present for HT, but those are strictly one on one sessions.
PATH? NARHA? Are they the same? Are there other certification organizations? Cost wise, what am I looking at to pay for my certification? How do barns handle paying the therapist on site? Need to iron out all these pitches before I address my board friday. Any other useful tidbits or voices of experience would be greatly appreciated! : ) I'm not married to this idea, but it's certainly an avenue I would like to investigate.