Green Apple wants to maintain its efforts as a reputable centre for hippotherapy sessions and to do this, we make ourselves accountable by being a member of and affiliating with several international hippotherapy and special needs organisations.
American Hippotherapy Association
The American Hippotherapy Association is a non-profit organisation, which provides educational resources and educational courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment. The AHA believes that licensed healthcare professionals best serve individuals in need of rehabilitation.
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is a non-profit organisation formed for the Handicapped Association to promote Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. PATH Intl. is the credentialing organisation for accrediting centres, and certifying instructors and equine specialists.
The Hippo Kinesio-Educational Rehabilitation (Hi.KER) Institut
Based in Athens, Greece, Hi.K.E.R. International Institute conducts a series of training courses in therapeutic riding and hippotherapy offered only to healthcare professionals and personnel directly related to the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological or developmental disabilities, certifying them as hippotherapy or therapeutic riding instructors upon completion of the course.
Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association
The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is a registered charity that promotes challenge, achievement and empowerment for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. CanTRA also provides education and instructor certification, and is a member of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI).
Special Olympics is a global organisation that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities. Through athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, children and adults with intellectual disabilities are provided opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.