Course Overview

The Equine Sport Therapy Program consists of four components:

1. Classroom and Hands-On Instruction
Students attend classes once a month (on a Friday 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm) and receive classroom and hands-on instruction.

2. Practicum
Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 assessments and treatments between classes.

3. Course study
Students are responsible to study the texts and material supplied by the College.

4. Research Projects
There are 3 research projects that must be completed and handed in during the course of study.

Students must be prepared to spend, on average, two to three hours per day to complete the practicum, course study and research components. Total hours for the course will be 2000.


Examination Process:
Class in PaddockStudents receive a quiz at the beginning of each class and are required to submit their case studies of animals treated. In September of the second term, students write a midterm paper covering all the material presented in the first term.

A final mark of 70%, or greater, is required to pass and is calculated in the following manner:

  • Midterm exam and quizzes 15% of final mark
  • Practicum (case studies) 15% of final mark
  • Research projects 10% of final mark
  • Final written exams: Practical, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and General make up 60% of final mark

Classroom Schedule:
Instruction is presented in two sets of modules which run from September until June the first year and from September until June the second year.

Classroom and hands-on instruction consists of twenty (20) two-day classes which are held at our College in Vernon, B.C. (10 the first year, 10 the second year)

We also enjoy a field trip to local equestrian facilities during the two years. Classes are held on Friday 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. and Saturday 8:00a.m. – 2:30p.m. (1/2 hour for lunch) from September to June. You are notified of the dates upon acceptance to the program. We accept approximately 24 students to ensure personal time.


Tuition & Fees:
Hands on work with horsesRegistration and Archival fee due upon acceptance is $260 ($460 for International students) . First year tuition is $5,850.00 and second year tuition is $2,000.00 with a $10 archival fee.

Cost for textbooks and course material is $700.00 and is due when textbooks are available which is usually 2 – 3 months before your first class. This figure could change slightly depending on the U.S. dollar.

A shortlist of applicants is usually completed by the end March and you will be contacted at that time for an interview. If you have not received correspondence by April 15th, please contact us.


How to Apply:
You can apply by mail or online. See “How to Apply” for more information. The short-listing of applicants is usually completed by the end of March and interview letters are sent out at that time. If you have not received correspondence by April 15th, please contact us.


OTHER COURSES/CLINICS AVAILABLE

Foundation of Integrated Therapies for ANIMALS:
Whether you are a caring animal owner wanting to learn basic care for your animal, or you want to go for the max and take all of our modules, the choice is yours. This program will recognize and track your accomplishments as you complete modules and achieve different levels. Each class consists of a portion of classroom and hands-on learning that is applicable to all animals including people! This program empowers you to provide optimal care for your horse or another animal through access to different therapies and healing tools.

Find out more about the modules and where to find classes in your area, go to this website www.FITbydavecollins.ca. To register please contact the instructor closest to your area.

Modules available: FIT ONE: Changing Your Horse’s World, Part I; Saddle FIT Foundation; FIT TWO: Changing Your Horse’s World, Part II

Modules coming soon: FIT THREE: Muscle Testing; Hoof Care Foundation; Physiology (9 Modules); Anatomy; Dentistry Theory; Rider Imbalance; Advanced Muscle Testing; Myofascial Release; Foundation of Structural Management; Anemotional Connection; Acupressure; Magnets; Remedies; Chakra and Colors; Aromatherapy; Nutrition; Master Saddle Fitter; Integrated Hoof Care; Checking the IN-vironment; Integrated Structural Management.


Saddle Fitting DVD:
Of the thousands of horses Dave has worked with, ill-fitting saddles have been a major contributor to movement problems, unsoundness and training problems. It is through his research and practical approach to saddle-fit problems that horses and riders enjoy a better relationship. This video offers both the English and Western rider the tools to assess and correct common saddle-fit problems. To order or to find out more www.saddlefitting.ca

If you require further information, please contact us.