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availability of such educational tools. If you have a
recommendation, please forward your responses and we will pass
on the information to this and other NARHA members.
Support NARHA on eBay
You can now support NARHA on eBay! Donate 10 to 100 percent of
any item up for sale and choose NARHA as your cause. Click
here for more information.
NARHA wants to thank its 2011 sponsors and exhibitors who have
committed thus far. If you have any questions about sponsoring
NARHA or exhibiting at the 2011 NARHA National Conference and
Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY, please contact
Ohio University Southern
US Pony Club
The Continuing Power of the Horse to Change Lives
Debi DeTurk Peloso with Markel Insurance recently announced
that Markel would continue to be a sponsor of NARHA. She had
this to say in her letter to NARHA:
is proud to continue to be a sponsor of NARHA. So many
individuals have access to the healing spirit of the horse
through NARHA centers and the caring people that make these
programs work. Supporting NARHA is supporting opportunities
for all individuals to experience the freedom and the thrill
of associating with a horse. Being involved with the NARHA
community is exhilarating and uplifting.
NARHA also offers a great second chance to horses that might
otherwise be retired before they are truly ready. Most horses
enjoy having a job, and becoming a program horse can extend a
career in a most satisfying way. The joy riders express when
involved in NARHA center activities is felt by their equine
partners, and allows continued access to pampering and special
treats that our special horses so enjoy.
I have experienced my own tragedy recently and have found
peace on my horse's back. Through my association with NARHA, I
am able to experience the joys and successes of so many
people. What has worked so well for so many is now working for
me, and I am so thankful that I have Danny (my horse). Making
that same magic available to the broad spectrum of NARHA
clients is a wonder. NARHA is special people and special
horses making special things happen every day.
Megan Ream to join Markel as a NARHA sponsor today!
Phil Tedeschi to Speak at Conference Luncheon
Tedeschi will be sharing his stories and research at the 2011
NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting luncheon,
November 10, 2011, in Lexington, KY.
Phil is an Animal-Assisted Social Work and Experiential
Therapy Specialist and co-founder of the Institute for
Human-Animal Connction programs at the University of Denver in
Colorado. He coordinates the Graduate Studies in Social Work's
Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program and teaches
forensic social work and experiential therapy approaches at
D.U. A NARHA certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor
and former course director/instructor with Outward Bound, Phil
has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic
approaches with children, adults and families. He served in
the past on the NARHA Medical Committee and was co-chair of
the NARHA Research Committee.
Phil has been a presenter at numerous conferences and
workshops on the connection between humans and animals,
including at the 2010 NARHA National Conference. One attendee
writing about the desire to have Tedeschi as a keynote speaker
at this year's conference said, "His
presentation on 'The Ethics of Human Animal Interaction'
should be heard by everyone at the entire NARHA conference."
Look for more information coming soon on Phil and other
speakers and workshops. And watch your mailbox at the end of
June and beginning of July for NARHA's Strides
magazine with the 2011 national conference and annual meeting
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
room at the Hyatt Regency Lexington: (859) 253-1234 or
click here to reserve a room online. Use code g-NARH.
Member-Get-A-Member Drive Deadline Approaching
NARHA knows its 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!
Click here to learn program details!
Pat McCowan purchased a NARHA membership for her daughter Sierra,
who is 14 now and volunteers at Little Bit in Woodinville, WA. She
will be the 3rd generation of NARHA members in the McCowan family.
Pat said that Sierra will more than likely attend the national
conference in November. Thanks, Pat, for getting NARHA another
member in the Member-Get-A-Member Drive.
Remember, the deadline is June 30 to be entered
into the Rein 'Em In Member-Get-A-Member Drive.
EFP/L Membership Task Force Update
Greetings EFP/L Community,
Update from last month regarding the EFMHA Yahoo Group: The
Membership Oversight Committee has agreed to the recommendation of
Brad Lewis, and, therefore, the EFMHA Yahoo Group will become an
independent and open list with a new name!
We have been hard at work on a number of tasks, all of which
involve providing consistent, professional explanations,
guidelines and general language about EFP and EFL. Work is ongoing
on updated and new products, updated website information and new
membership benefits specific to EFP and EFL.
In case you are not familiar with the make-up of our task force,
please be sure to read through the
biographies of the members who are working hard to make sure
the association truly represents the EFP and EFL communities.
As always, if you are interested in learning more about any of the
projects we are currently working on, or have concerns, questions
or ideas related to EFP or EFL, please don't hesitate to
Leif Hallberg, M.A., LCPC
Chair of the EFP/L Membership Task Force
NARHA Seeks Volunteers for New Standards Manual Task Force
The NARHA Standards for Certification and Accreditation
manual has grown and evolved with new programs added over the
years. Standards have been added and rewritten to fit the needs of
the new programs. The time has come to evaluate and reorganize the
manual to bring it up to best practices and make it easier to
interpret and implement.
If you have the time and an interest in helping the association
make the Standards Manual more up to date and inclusive of our
diverse equine-assisted activities and therapies industry, please
consider joining a new task force that has been formed to examine
ways to improve the manual for centers, instructors and others in
the field. To apply for consideration by the task force co-chairs,
complete the volunteer application form on this page and
submit it to
Jama Rice no later than June 30.
NARHA Seeks Volunteers for Equine Welfare Committee
In February 2011, the Equine Welfare Task Force officially became
a NARHA standing committee - the Equine Welfare Committee. The
committee seeks enthusiastic, open-minded, dedicated individual
members to join us in supporting our equine partners and other
animals that may assist us in our unique fields.
If you might be interested in volunteering for the association as
a committee member, see the full job description
here. Express your interest by
submitting for review by the committee chair and members the
volunteer application found on this page to
Jeff Kelling no later than July 1.
Equine Welfare Tip From the Equine Welfare Committee
By Heidi J.
Potter, Equine Welfare Committee
Things happen. Unexpected stimilus, bee stings or other unforeseen
incidents can happen while your horse is hitched up. Horses, being
prey animals, are naturally claustrophobic. If they feel trapped
while being threatened or scared, to the point of flight, they can
seriously injure themselves or anyone nearby. Here are a few
thoughts on how to help prevent this from happening at your
Not unlike duct tape, baling twine has many different uses. Here
is one idea on how to "recycle" the twine that seems to collect
around most barns. Once your horse has been trained to give to
pressure, you can avoid serious injury by adding a piece of baling
twine to your stationary hitching areas. The baling twine remains
attached to your cross tie rings or hitching rail. You simply then
hang your cross ties, or your lead rope, to the twine. If you are
using cross ties be sure to attach the panic release snap to the
twine and not to your horse's head. If he is in a panic, you may
be injured trying to get to his head. It is best to release him
from a distance, if necessary. Using the twine allows the horse to
break free if he ends up in a panic situation, reducing the chance
of serious injury.
There are a few items on the market that also help to make tying
your horse more safe. One of these items is known as the "Blocker"
ring. This neat little device offers a few different tying
options. Some of the options allow the leadline to release as the
horse pulls back, but in a much slower manner. Therefore, if he
pulls back in a panic he experiences a slow release and not firm
I also recommend avoiding cross ties made of stretchy materials.
If stretched beyond their capacity they can break. The result can
be a dangerous, fast moving, whipping piece of material
ricocheting around the horse and human, possibly causing serious
Lastly, please be sure that every horse handler at your facility
knows how to tie their horses up with a safety release knot. When
the leadline is tied in this manner the handler can quickly
release the horse if the need arises.
Update on New Association Name
communicated, NARHA is proceeding with great enthusiasm and plans
to announce a new association name in late June. In the meantime,
we have received a few calls in the office regarding what will be
expected of centers. Hopefully we can answer a question or two
Centers will be encouraged to update their websites and printed
materials to include the new association logo. Centers will
receive new electronic versions of the logo on their 2011
Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual CDs, and
logos will be available online for download. Centers have the
freedom to update their materials as current supplies are
exhausted and capacity allows. Centers are definitely NOT required
to implement the change immediately.
Announcing to the world the new, contemporary and accurately
reflective name for your association should be great fun. It is
not intended to create hardships for any centers or members,
instead it will hopefully help you better explain the wonderful
services your center offers. In fact, as we plan comprehensive
media outreach to announce the launch, we encourage the centers to
start thinking about the same thing. We plan to capitalize on this
newsworthy moment, and by doing so reach targeted markets we may
previously have missed. Centers will receive a press release
template that can be customized and sent to their local media
All we ask is that you do what you can to include the new name and
logo, whenever you can. Watch your mailbox for surprises and more
launch information coming soon! This is an exhilarating time to be
part of an amazing industry. Thank you to everyone who has played
a role in making this association what it is and for helping with
the naming process. Stay tuned!
Attn: NARHA Centers - Outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus
Please be aware that there has been an EHV/EHM Equine Herpes Virus
(Rhinopneumonitis) outbreak in Utah, Idaho, and along the Front
Range (Colorado). Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) is
another name for the neurologic disease associated with equine
herpesvirus (EHV) infections. Neurological signs appear as a
result of damage to blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord
associated with EHV infection. Interference with the blood supply
leads to tissue damage and a subsequent loss in normal function of
areas in the brain and spinal cord.
Neurological signs appear as a result of damage to blood vessels
in the brain and spinal cord associated with EHV infection. Signs
of EHM include:
· Fever preceding neurologic signs (either in a horse diagnosed
with EHM or in horses that
have been exposed to a horse diagnosed with EHM)
· Decreased coordination
· Urine dribbling
· Loss of tail tone
· Hind limb weakness
· Leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance
· Inability to rise
Horses may appear to be perfectly healthy yet spread the virus via
the secretions from their nostrils. If you have any concern as to
whether your horses may have been exposed, you can start by taking
the horses temperature twice a day and while doing so make the
horse yield the hind end away from you to see if there is any loss
of coordination. If your horse is showing flu like symptoms, a
temperature over 101.5 degrees and/or any neurologic symptoms,
call your veterinarian right away.
Information provided by Countryside Large Animal Vet Service. For
more information visit
Workshops and Certifications
Unless otherwise noted, contact
at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104 for further
information. All dates are subject to change. To register
for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can
locate their contact information under the
Find a Center
link on the NARHA home page or on the
NARHA events calendar
NARHA Equine Specialist in Mental Health and
Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., in Boxford, MA
you are interested in attending, please call the center
immediately and reserve your spot. We are in need of more
attendees for this event.
Healing Reins in Bend, OR
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
NARHA Driving Workshop and Certification combination
Workshop is held the first 3 days; certification is held
the last 2 days
Gayla Driving Center/U.S. Driving for the Disabled, Inc.,
in Lexington, KY
wish to attend, please call the center and get your spot
paid for! All reserved spots will be confirmed with an
email confirmation providing you with the application and
informing you where to send your application materials.
NARHA Driving Workshop only
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in
If you are interested in attending, please call the center
immediately. The driving demo workshops do count toward
gaining NARHA driving certification.
in Tulare, CA
If you are interested in
attending, please call the center immediately. The driving
demo workshops do count toward gaining NARHA driving
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
Falconwood Farms in Conyers, GA
Mentor Training Workshop
Centenary College Equine Center in Hackettstown, NJ
Please visit the
for a list of 2011 Registered
On-Site Workshops and Certifications.
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