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Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International
July 5, 2011
Sizzling Summer Is in Full-Swing
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
International wishes everyone a safe and fun summer. In
recognition of the longer days, the office will be observing
Friday summer hours through August 26, 2011. Business hours
will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on all Fridays through
August. Monday through Thursday, normal business hours of 8:30
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. apply.
Hello World, Meet the Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International!
In the next few editions of PATH Intl. eNews, we will
explore the content of the association's new name and tagline.
Today let's look at the word "international."
While there has long been international interest, the
association has felt a rapid growth of international influence
evolving over the course of the past several years. The word
international may not have been an accurate reflection of the
association years ago but currently it is entirely accurate.
There are almost 100 PATH Intl. certified instructors helping
individuals in 20 countries, and of course there are center
members providing the benefits of EAAT as well! And the
interest just keeps growing. For instance, during one week in
April 2011, PATH Intl. was host to two unrelated visits at
headquarters from delegations representing colleges in both
Japan and South Korea!
The word "international" was the 4th ranked request from
members who participated in the name change World Café process
as an important element to be included in the new name. Many
international professionals in EAAT may not need or choose to
include PATH Intl. in their educational, operational or
organizational goals. However, many, many international
parties from countries still developing their EAAT industries
are coming to PATH Intl. for leadership direction in
certification and accreditation. The goal of PATH Intl. is to
be a resource to those in need.
As we celebrate our new name, here are a few fun facts to
- On June 7, 2011 we added a flag counter to the website
homepage. It tracks visitors and identifies the country from
which they are clicking through. In less than 24 hours we
had unique visitors from 26 countries!!! As of today,
7/5/11, the site has tracked visitors from 94 countries.
Click here to take a look. Scroll to the bottom of the
page to view the international flag counter and click on the
table for further details. It's fun and also quite
illuminating. International. Indeed.
- We also added a translation button to our website. You
will find it just above the quick links on the left menu.
The "translate" button offers translation into 51 languages
in addition to English.
- PATH Intl. currently has members on all continents
- PATH Intl. staff members speak on a weekly basis to
individuals from all over the world looking for direction,
membership, certification or center information. The
standards are purchased by foreign entities regularly.
International corporations make inquiries, and international
media representatives frequently contact PATH Intl. for EAAT
Look for PATH Intl. Strides Magazine and
Conference Registration Book in Your Mail!
excited that the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual
Meeting registration book is in the mail. You will be able to
see the great session line-up we have prepared for you and
begin deciding which networking events you would like to
Of special interest will be keynote speaker Phil Tedeschi, the
Big Lex Exhibitors Bash, the annual awards banquet, the Horse
Expo, which will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park,
and The Mane Event closing reception.
Online registration will be available soon.
room at the Hyatt Regency Lexington: (859) 253-1234 or
click here to reserve a room online. Use code g-NARH. If
you call for reservations, be sure to mention you're with PATH
Exciting Changes to PATH Intl. Video Re-Submission
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
International is proud to announce an exciting change to our
video resubmission process. PATH Intl. now has the ability to
accept video submissions online through a file sharing system.
We are still accepting DVDs and VHS tapes, but we strongly
encourage all potential instructors who need to re-submit a
video to complete their certification process to utilize our
new system. International candidates can also use this system
to submit videos to PATH Intl. This new system will allow PATH
Intl. to increase customer service to our certification
candidates re-submitting videos for certification. This
process will speed up our reviewing time, prevent damaged or
lost tapes in the mail and hopefully make it easier for our
members to submit their video.
The system is easy to use; you can upload your video from your
computer to our system. The video will be sent directly to the
office and is ready to be reviewed by our PATH Intl.
evaluators. Candidates will still need to mail or email the
appropriate paperwork for their video re-submission and pay
the re-submission fee (see your official results letter for
more information) but will no longer have to worry how to get
their video on a DVD or VHS!
If you have an interest in using this new system as an
Instructor In Training who needs to re-submit a component for
certification to complete the certification process, email
Abby Hendren for information.
For all future candidates who may need to re-submit a video
for certification, this information will be included in your
official results letter sent to you by the PATH Intl. office
about 30-45 days following your on-site certification testing.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners
Salutes Arizona Veterinarian
Dr. Mark Anderson has been named the May honoree of the
American Association of Equine Practitioners' Good Works For
Horse Campaign. He has provided 24 years of service to
therapeutic riding programs. Dr. Anderson, whose niece
benefited from a therapeutic riding program in Montana,
started serving at Horses Help, a PATH Intl. Premier
Accredited Center in Phoenix, 24 years ago. His veterinary
advocacy helped the small start-up grow to become a more than
Dr. Anderson said that watching disabled children make
developmental breakthroughs while riding has kept him grounded
in his everyday practice. He encourages colleagues who want to
get involved with therapeutic riding to find information
through the PATH Intl. website, www.pathintl.org.
"For me personally, watching the human-animal bond work in
that setting gives me an understanding of why horses were
domesticated," Dr. Anderson said. "It's a neat thing. When you
get in the daily crunch of veterinary practice, you can forget
about that bond."
The AAEP's Good Works For Horses Campaign honors AAEP-member
practitioners who perform volunteer service to benefit horses
and the equine community.
Request for Marketing Materials for Conference Workshop
Arlene Alen, a
member of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and director of
marketing and development for Horses with H.E.A.R.T. in Prescott,
AZ, will be leading an interactive workshop at the 2011 PATH
International Conference, "Morning Glory No More! Getting Out of
the Gate with the 3M's of Marketing," and has need of marketing
materials and challenges.
"What I am
looking for is about 10 submittals of marketing questions centers
may have," she said. "Or, actual marketing materials, tri-folds,
marketing plans, website urls that you need to redo but are
struggling with direction/funding, etc.; challenges you may have
in determining your brand. I need one group of 3-5 centers almost
immediately to get into the presentation materials for August, and
then a second 'bonus' group for the actual presentation. If your
people are at the conference, all the better as we can personalize
your solution in a very positive way!"
contact Arlene or call her at (928) 308-8538.
Equine Tip From the Equine Welfare Committee
No Eating That Grass!
By Heidi Potter, Equine Welfare Committee
Have you ever led a horse through a gate and just as you turn to
close the gate with your right hand your left arm is pulled out of
its socket while the horse on the other end dives for grass? Or,
do you not allow a child to lead the lesson horse because it is
such a struggle to keep his head up when you pass grass? This
behavior is not only disrespectful, it is also dangerous. Many a
toe has gotten stepped on during the process of either trying to
prevent the horse from eating or trying to pull him up once his
head is down.
Chances are, starvation is not the issue here. Your horse has just
not been trained to stay focused and listen to you while on the
leadline. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Here are the steps:
1. Put the horse in a rope halter and lead without a buckle on it.
2. Lead the horse to a grassy patch and wait for him to drop his
head. Please remember that an important part of good training is
allowing the horse to make the mistake so that you can fix it! If
you do not allow this to happen, you will forever be dragged to
the grass or be constantly "nagging" at him to keep his head up.
3. Wait for the horse's lips to just begin to touch the grass.
Timing is everything! Do nothing until his lips just reach
4. At that precise moment send a quick, sharp coil down your
leadline to the horses head. The knot or rope will come up and
bump him under the jaw. He will likely pull his head up quickly
and jump back as if to say, "What was that?" You should act like
it was no big deal and you have no idea what happened.
5. Then, just stand there and allow him to try again. Some will
drop their head right back down and you must offer the exact same
response. Make your correction sharp, clear and without emotion.
(However, you may chuckle just a little as you see his
6. Some horses will slowly lower their head and stop just above
the grass line. Pay very close attention to exactly where his
mouth stops. Do not apply a correction until he opens his lips and
touches the grass. This is how he will learn where the boundaries
Consistency and correct timing will get this problem fixed
quickly. You must get every horse handler on the same page to fix
this annoying and dangerous behavior.
Rope handling practice: It is a good idea to
first tie your rope halter to a fence rail and practice sending
the coil to the fence. Hold the rope in your left hand. Grab the
rope with your right hand just in front of your left, thumb
pointing down and palm out. Give the rope a good clockwise swing
with your right hand by flicking your wrist around. A nice coil
should move quickly down the rope to your target.
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning FAQ Page
The Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning FAQ page has
Click here for the updates. If you have questions that are not
answered there, contact
Tara McChesney at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114.
Certification Update - Effective June 1, 2011
Ultimately it is every candidate's responsibility to ensure all
requirements for certification have been met by the appropriate
deadlines and that his/her mentor is a current instructor with
PATH Intl. Be sure to review all policies and procedures in our
registered booklet, updated frequently on the PATH Intl. web site.
It has recently been updated.
Download the booklet and review it so you are aware of all
requirements and policies for your certification.
If a candidate is found to have completed their 25 hours of
mentoring under an expired or non-compliant instructor the
candidate will pay a $150 fee to the PATH Intl. office prior to
his/her certification results being released and officially
recorded. A certification candidate can not act as an instructor
until this fee is paid and the hours performed under an expired or
non-compliant mentor will need to be performed again and turned
into the office within 90 days of notification from the PATH Intl.
office. If the hours are not complete within 90 days you will
begin your certification process from the beginning. A
certification candidate MUST show up to the certification testing
with 25 hours of practice teaching under a current PATH Intl.
Certified Instructor. If these hours are not in hand you cannot
test. If these hours have been completed with an instructor who is
not a current PATH Intl. instructor you will be assessed the $150
fee and have to submit proper hours to the PATH Intl. office
within 90 days.
In addition to this update please be aware that any certification
candidate who tests at a certification after June 1, 2011 needs to
demonstrate a proper posting diagonal for their riding pattern.
This is one of the many listed, required criteria in the
certification booklet. In the past western riders did not need to
show a proper posting diagonal just a posting rhythm, this policy
has been changed. All riders, no matter the discipline, must show
a proper posting diagonal. If you need assistance please consider
taking lessons from a qualified instructor to learn proper posting
Posting on the correct diagonal for the PATH Intl. certification
is defined below ("correct" diagonal in this case refers to the
"outside" diagonal based on the direction of travel in the arena):
The PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Criteria requires that all
candidates demonstrate posting on the correct diagonal during the
riding pattern. Posting on the correct diagonal refers to posting
in rhythm, at the trot, in unison with the diagonal pair of legs
indicated by the horse's inside hind leg and outside front leg.
When the rider changes direction it is expected that the rider
will change the posting diagonal to continue to be in unison with
the horse's inside hind leg and outside front leg. Your body
should rise out of the saddle when the outside front leg and
inside hind leg of the horse move forward. The purpose of the
demonstration of posting on the requested correct diagonal is to
show the candidate's knowledge of diagonals, the trotting rhythm
and gait, and also how to conduct a change of the posting
If you have any questions please feel free to call (800) 369-7433.
Abby Hendren (ext. 104) and Jared Smith (ext. 126) are happy to
assist you in your certification process.
Want to Host an Equine Specialist Workshop?
It is exciting to see so many individuals interested in the PATH
Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshops.
We would like to accommodate individuals eager for certification
by holding more Equine Specialist workshops and practical
horsemanship skills tests, especially along the west coast. Help
us schedule these workshops. Start thinking about your 2012
schedule; we would love to get your event on the calendar and
begin advertising for it. All workshops will now be offered with
the new Equine Specialist practical horsemanship skills test, if
the host site chooses. Host sites can also host the one-day
practical horsemanship skills test without a workshop if they
wish, a requirement for certification. If anyone is interested in
hosting at their Premier Accredited facility, please
download the intent to host booklet or for more information
Abby Hendren at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104.
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 PATH Intl. home page or on the
PATH Intl. events calendar
PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and
Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
July 28-August 1
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, KY
http://www.ckrh.org/nesmh.html for more information
Healing Reins in Bend, OR
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO
PATH Intl. Advanced Level Certifications
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification
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
PATH Intl. Driving Workshop only
Happy Trails in Tulare, CA
If you are interested in
attending, please call the center immediately. The driving
demo workshops do count toward gaining PATH Intl. driving
PATH Intl. 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
Region 8 Conference in Baton Rouge, LA
Please visit the
PATH Intl. calendar
for a list of 2011 Registered
On-Site Workshops and Certifications.
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