Windridge’s Therapeutic and Equine Mastery Program provides education to volunteers who are gaining skills to begin a career in the field of therapeutic horsemanship. This includes, but is not limited to, teaching curriculum necessary for instructor certifications, personnel advancement, and horse training. Each year, Windridge works with local universities and colleges to provide an in the field experience of equine-assisted activities and therapy (EAAT). Nursing and therapy students shadow Kidz First Therapists as they work with their clients and receive valuable interaction time with both clients and therapists. Windridge also provides the opportunity for individuals interested in EAAT to become an intern at Windridge, where they can receive one-on-one training and first hand experiences in each of Windridge’s programs as well as receive class instruction related to there field of study.
In 2006 Windridge completed development of an educational equine training film available in DVD and web cast format. This film is titled Standard of Behavior for Horse and Horseman – Ground Schooling. This is the first of a three film series designed to enhance the education of therapeutic riding instructors and equine handlers throughout the equine industry. The film is also designed to be utilized in therapeutic instructor training programs and university’s Hippotherapy and equine science programs across the United States. A course syllabus, workbook and tests complete the educational materials offered.