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NARHA Subcommittee Seeks Additional Members
The NARHA Driving Certification Subcommittee seeks
enthusiastic new members to join the committee. Applicants
should have a strong interest in therapeutic riding and
driving and a desire to continue the development of and
improve the NARHA Driving Instructor Certification Process.
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Do More Than You Think You Can
riding] has helped me with stretching and flexibility in my
hips. My core strength is better, I have improved my balance
and stability and I have less pain. I have [also] found a new
social group ...and have made friends with riders and
-Rene Suarez, Navy veteran
"Everyone can do more than they think they can."
-Marj Kittredge, NARHA Founder
As I travel the country attending NARHA Regional Conferences,
I hear dozens of stories like Rene's from our members and
centers. When I read this or that story or hear about a life
changed, I often find myself tearing up. And then I think
about what an honor and a privilege it is to work in this
field; being moved daily by the work each of you does to
change and enrich the lives of individuals like Rene through
the power of the horse.
Thank you for your commitment to excellence in equine-assisted
activities and therapies (EAAT) through your membership to
NARHA. As spring blooms around us and you help those you serve
to channel Marj and "do more than they think they can," will
you join me as a
donor to NARHA? Through our focus on inclusion,
innovation, education and our other core values, NARHA is your
global advocate for EAAT and the horses we work with every
Please join me and
donate to NARHA today.
Limited-Time Special Offer for Conference Registration
are very excited to be able to offer our members a
limited-time special registration fee for the 2011 NARHA
National Conference and Annual Meeting. The
limited-time online registration fee is $475 for NARHA
You won't be able to pick sessions yet, but we know that this
conference will be an extraordinary experience that will
include enhanced educational content, the annual awards
banquet and the horse expo, which will be held at the
beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. You will have the opportunity
to select specific sessions once they become available.
This offer is only available via online registration. No phone
or fax orders will be accepted. Official online conference
registration will begin in the summer of 2011. The 2011 summer
issue of NARHA's Strides magazine will also include
the hard-copy registration booklet for those preferring to
register via fax or mail.
This limited-time offer cannot be combined with any other
discount offers (including the discount for Premier Accredited
Centers). The offer
expires July 5, 2011.
Click here to take advantage of the best savings for
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click here register online. Use code g-NARH.
2011 NARHA National Conference EFP/L Updates
NARHA EFP/L Pre-Conference
The EFP/L Membership Task Force has taken on the responsibility
for planning the 2011 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting
Pre-Conference EFP/L event. You spoke, and we listened! Over and
over we hear people asking for support and guidance in regards to
either creating new EFP/L programs or making existing programs
financially viable or sustainable. Our team is excited to inform
the membership that this year's EFP/L Pre-Conference topic is "How
to Build Sustainable and Successful EFP/L Practices."
We have gathered a team of experts to present important
information and ideas, lead interactive dialog and engage the
audience in community-building mentorship and support. We will be
offering CEU's for this pre-conference (see below).
During National Conference this year, the EFP/L Membership Task
Force will also be hosting a networking meeting for all those
interested in EFP/L. We will keep you posted as to the details of
Take advantage of NARHA's limited-time offer to get registered for
the conference early and save money. This is an event NOT TO MISS!
NARHA EFP/L Professional of the Year Award
We recognize that the fields of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
and Equine Facilitated Learning are expanding rapidly. Thousands
of clients and students are served daily nation-wide. With the
help of an EFP or EFL program, many lives are changed and many
hearts are healed. It is the dedication, drive, and direction of
EFP/L professionals who enable this field to excel. These
professionals not only provide services to clients and students,
they also establish best practices within the fields of EFP/L. We
wish to acknowledge these individuals who dedicate their lives to
the betterment of humanity, to the ethical care of their equine
partners and to the advancement of EFP/L.
Please remember to consider nominating an exemplary EFP/L
professional for the
EFP/L Professional of the Year Award. This award will be given
for the first time at the 2011 NARHA National Conference Awards
At this year's NARHA National Conference, mental health
professionals will be excited to hear that in an effort to
continue the professional nature of the National Conference,
continuing education (CE) hours will be offered for regular
session content in addition to the CEs that will be offered for
the EFP/L Preconference. For the 2011 conference, CE's will be
offered through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW),
the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and the
International Coach Federation (ICF). Be on the lookout in your
conference booklets for sessions and workshops that have CE's
DEADLINE EXTENDED: NARHA 2011 National Conference Call for
The abstracts for NARHA's National Conference and
Annual meeting to be held in Lexington, KY, November
9-12, are pouring in. Thanks to all the potential
presenters willing to share their knowledge and
expertise in the field of equine assisted activities
and therapies. To help all of you who may be putting
the final touches on your abstract, we're keeping the
abstract submission link open through this Friday,
April 8, 2011.
This year, abstract submission will be is
being handled electronically only:
Abstracts must be submitted to NARHA by
2011. No submissions will be accepted
after April 8.
Rein Them In and Win a Two Night Spa Package!
We at NARHA know our current members are the best possible source
for new members who could benefit from all NARHA has to offer.
With our special Member-Get-A-Member drive, we've made referring
colleagues to NARHA easier than ever! Forward an application to
them or direct them to
Join Now to download an application. Or direct them to the
NARHA store to join online. Ask your friend to enter your name
in the "referred by" space. Then tell another friend... and
another... and another to win prizes.
We'd like to thank you for your efforts with some nifty prizes for
all members recruited by June 30, 2011.
- Grand prize for the person recruiting the most new members
is a two night spa package to include airfare for two, two
nights room stay and a hotel spa package
- All travel arrangements to be made through NARHA
- Airfare, hotel and spa booked with NARHA American Express
- Airfare not to exceed $500 per person
- Room nights not to exceed $400 per night
- Runner up will received a $100 gift card to a popular
- All who bring in three or more new members receive a member
- All who bring in seven or more new members receive a member
- Everyone who recruits one or more new members is entered
into a drawing for a free NARHA National Conference and Annual
Every time you recruit a new member, you strengthen NARHA. A
vital and growing NARHA means greater recognition of safety and
ethical practices in the equine-assisted activities and therapies
industry, improved education resources and networking
opportunities for all members, and the advancement of professional
Click here to learn program details!
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
The Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
certification is meant to certify an individual as
the horse handler in any un-mounted mental health or
learning session. There have been a number of
updates to the certification booklet, so
for a new copy of the certification
booklet and complete details on the requirements of
If you are a current NARHA Certified Instructor and
have been participating or plan to participate in an
EFP or EFL program, review the NARHA
Certified Instructor Option
called the Fast Track Option) on page 31 of the
certification booklet. This option allows any
current NARHA Certified Instructor to submit a
portfolio to the NARHA office and begin taking the
online exams for the Equine Specialist in Mental
Health and Learning certification. The on-site
three-day workshop and one-day practical skills test
is highly recommended for everyone. While the
workshop is very educational and informative
especially for those who are not familiar with EFP
and EFL sessions, the workshop and skills test is
not required for those taking advantage of the NARHA
Certified Instructor Option.
The deadline to apply for this option has been
extended to December 31st, 2011. Do not delay if you
wish to take advantage of this option! This option
is only available for current NARHA Certified
Instructors, other qualifications do not apply and
all other certification candidates must attend the
onsite workshop and skills test.
Call the NARHA office at (800) 369-7433 with
Equine Welfare Tip From the Equine Welfare Committee
or "Cinchy" Horse and How Not to Create One
By Heidi J.
Potter, Equine Welfare Committee Member
As we all know,
horses are incredibly sensitive creatures. Here a few ways to help
keep them happy while being groomed, tacked up and ridden.
- Clean the girth/cinch area thoroughly during grooming and
check for any "hot" spots that may cause irritation.
- Check the saddle fit. Be sure it isn't pinching or causing
- Check the cleanliness and comfort of the girth/cinch.
- Tighten the girth/cinch in at least 3 stages. The first
being just tight enough to hold the saddle on if the horse
shakes his body. Tighten a second time after leading the horse
to the riding area. Check and tighten if necessary before
- Remember to check a few minutes into the ride, before the
first canter and before the first jump.
properly check tightness:
Many people will
tighten the girth/cinch to the point where they can't tighten it
any further. That way they are certain that it is tight. However,
it may be too tight, which can ultimately lead to a behavior
The proper place to
check tightness is at the deepest part of the horse's heart girth,
not directly below the side of the saddle. Insert your fingers
just below the rigging or billets and slowly slide them down to
the centerline of the horse's barrel. This is the deepest part of
the horse and where the most pressure is received. Remember the
shape of the horse's barrel is more oval than round. It should
gradually get tight enough so that your fingers cannot slide all
the way down. If you can't insert your fingers easily or there is
extreme pressure all the way down, the girth/cinch may be too
Remember to train
all staff and students how to properly prepare the horse for
riding. This will help keep him a happy, willing partner.
Coming up in the
next NARHA News: Is There Help for Retraining the Girthy/Cinchy
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Workshops and Certifications
Unless otherwise noted, contact
at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114 for further
information. All dates are subject to change. To register for
an event, please contact the host site directly.
NARHA Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
April 29-May 2
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association in Ocala, FL
North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center in Mebane, NC
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., in Boxford, MA
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
April 29-May 1
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in
Three Gaits, INC in Oregon, WI
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center Inc in Old Lyme, CT
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, Texas
NARHA Driving Workshops and Certifications
Workshop is held the first 3 days, certification is held
the last 2 days
Horse Power in Temple, NH
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in
Gayla Driving Center/U.S. Driving for the Disabled, Inc., in
NARHA Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days and certification is held on
the last day
Riding to the Top in Windham, ME
Mentor Training Workshop
Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped in
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for a list of 2011 Registered On-Site
Workshops and Certifications.
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