GaitWay Workshop

GaitWay to the Brain
Training Workshop




This workshop provides riding instructors and therapists the knowledge and training to integrate GaitWay to the Brain methodology into the framework of their existing riding programs. The hands-on, interactive training will give participants a background into the science behind GaitWay to the Brain and cover aspects of program planning and administration.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in GaitWay to the Brain sessions and see first hand how this innovative program is amplifying and extending the benefits of therapeutic riding.


ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
3160 N. Custer Rd. McKinney, TX 75071

March 4 – 6, 2018

If you are interested in attending a future workshop or receiving more information, please click here to register for the workshop.

Workshop Agenda:  

The workshop will be a combination of video and hands-on (onsite). The topics covered in the video are very intensive and will be provided at least 2 weeks prior to the hands-on portion to allow participants a chance to go at their own pace and review the material as many times as they would like before attending the hands-on portion of the workshop.  It is critical that the video portion is viewed prior to coming to the hands-on portion!

Also included in the workshop fees are six one-hour monthly group phone calls for follow-up support and discussion of any questions or challenges you encounter when implementing the techniques you have learned in your own program.

Video Module 1: You will begin with a brief overview of the brain at birth and early brain development. You will then move into attachment styles, the chemicals involved in building and maintaining relationships, and how these affect brain function later on.

Video Module 2: This segment includes an overview of the neurobiology and neurochemistry of learning – how the brain works and why it doesn’t – with special emphasis on the importance of arousal and attention in learning. You will discuss behavior, self-regulation, and the neurotransmitters that play a large role in these processes.  From there, you will move into the autonomic nervous system, what stress response does to our brains and bodies, and the importance of building the brain’s orbito-frontal cortex.

Video Module 3: After discussing self-regulation and the body’s stress response, in this section you will learn about relaxing the nervous system. We will cover quantum healing, a variety of complementary therapies, and the explanatory gap between the mind versus the brain.

Video Module 4: Next, you will learn about neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, as well as several studies supporting these theories. We will return to our discussion of how we learn, further studying the auditory, visual, vestibular triad and how processing deficits along these pathways affect our brains and how we re-train them.

Video Module 5: You will learn to assess how your rider’s brain processes information that comes in along the sensory pathways. In addition to learning how to build neural pathways in your rider’s brain, you will be introduced to a variety of treatment tools to integrate different body systems with the brain.

Day 1: Onsite – Hands-on observation and application of the various assessment techniques and treatment tools:

The onsite portion of the workshop will begin with an opportunity to review and ask questions from the video modules.  You will be given the opportunity to practice assessments  as well as have hands-on time with the tools presented in the video. 

Day 2: Onsite – Participant practice and presentation:

Observe actual GaitWay sessions and have the opportunity to apply techniques learned by practicing with other therapists and with ManeGait riders. Each participant  will complete  a 20-minute  oral presentation, an abbreviated version of what you would present to your riders’ parents/caregivers  to explain the program.  There will be sample presentations provided in the pre-workshop videos.  This activity  is  meant to demonstrate  your thorough understanding of the science and techniques learned during the workshop in a way that you can take home  and use to pique  the interest  of your riders and those who  care for them. We will then present techniques to incorporate brain-building exercises into the structure of a riding lesson and how to train your volunteers to effectively assist.

Day 3: Onsite– Review and Troubleshooting:

You will have the opportunity to share examples of specific riders/clients, and the class will discuss potential treatments and techniques that may be most effective for their particular challenges. There will also be plenty of time for reviewing concepts and additional hands-on practice before conclusion of the workshop.

Continuing Education Unit Credits:

Therapists will be given all information necessary to apply for CEU credits for this training through their accrediting organization. All participants will also receive a Certificate of Completion on the final day of the workshop.

This video is provided to all workshop attendees to explain the benefits of GaitWay to the Brain to the clients and families they serve.