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Therapeutic Horsemanship International
It's a Wrap!
The conference is over for another year, and we are gratified
at how well this conference was received. We hope you enjoyed
your time in Lexington and that you learned a lot of new
things, met some new people and enjoyed time with friends. We
hope to see you again in 2012!
If you weren't able to join us, mark your calendars for
October 31-November 3, 2012 for the conference in beautiful
Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle.
Our sincere thanks!
you to our 2011 sponsors and exhibitors! If you have any
questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the
2012 PATH International Conference & Annual Meeting, please
American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
AQHA Foundation Racing Unified Network
Breyer Region 4
Farnam Show Me Animal Products
Triple Crown Nutrition
Enterprises, LLC American Hippotherapy Association
Blazing Prairie Stars Certified Horsemanship
DonorPro by TowerCare Technologies
The Educated Equine Equuspeak
Freedom Riders Horses and Humans Research
Jane Heart Jewelry LisaWysocky.com
Ohio University Southern
Equine Colic Strides to Success
SureHands Lift & Care Systems
US Pony Clubs WHOA-GA!
Place Your Bets on the Society of Visionaries!
Society of Visionaries, which began at the 2010 National
Conference and Annual Meeting in Denver, hosted its first
Visionaries-only gathering at Keeneland Racetrack and Darley
Thoroughbred Farm in Lexington, KY, on November 12,
2011. Members had a glorious time as they met legendary jockey
Chris McCarron and saw stallion Holy Bull, as well as other
Click here for more information on how you can join us or
to learn more about the Society of Visionaries.
Horses for Heroes Name Change Update
When the NARHA Horses for Heroes initiative launched in 2006, the
association was made aware that the catchy name had already been
trademarked. At that time legal consultation advised that we would
likely be okay for the time being as long as we always used the
name NARHA with it. Since that time it has become increasingly
apparent that the association, and its members offering services
to veterans and wounded service personnel, must set themselves
apart from the pack.
Legal counsel has directed the need for the association and its
members to no longer use Horses for Heroes. That name has spread
and is being used by innumerable groups. Some groups are
positively wonderful. But, not all of these entities are providing
EAAT and they certainly are not operating within PATH Intl.
standards and guidelines. In order to protect the association and
its members from inadvertent association with these groups, a new
name for the initiative will be coming soon. It is unfortunate
that we will have to leave such a catchy name behind but it is for
good reason that a transition must be made.
PATH Intl. remains committed to helping this valiant population
experience the benefits of EAAT. The association will continue to
help centers to begin providing services to veterans and wounded
service personnel and provide a network of mentors who have been
successful initiating partnerships with their local Veteran's
Please be patient as the association, the passionate and dedicated
task force and its legal team work to find a positive solution.
Watch for an announcement soon.
Equine Tips From the Equine Welfare Committee
By Heidi Potter, Equine Welfare Committee
Beginning in June 2010, the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
has provided its readers with articles offering equine welfare
tips in the PATH Intl. eNews. This idea came about as the
committee discussed ways to support the members and offer
education in the area of equine care and handling practices. Since
that time we have received many positive responses, along with a
few questions. It was recently decided that sharing these
responses and the feedback offered would benefit all readers.
Therefore, this article is the first one in which we will share a
comment from one of our readers, as well as the feedback offered.
Comment from a reader of the article, "No Eating That Grass!"
"I am responding to the recent tip regarding horses trying to eat
grass while being led. I do not agree with punishing the head of a
horse in this situation. A head shy horse is more dangerous than
one that eats grass."
Thank you for your comment on our July tip, "No Eating That
Grass!" I agree that a head shy horse can be a problem. However,
if done with correct timing and pressure, the technique shared in
this tip would not result in causing a horse to be head shy. We
are not punishing the head of the horse. We are correcting the
action of eating while being led and offering a consequence for
that unwanted behavior. When done in the manner described, the
horse should not relate your hand to the fact that the leadline
bumped him when his head was down and he was eating. At no time
would we ever be striking the horse with our hand. I will also
mention here that it is very important to keep emotion out of all
of our work with horses. We aren't mad at them and certainly don't
want to project anger during our interactions. We simply want to
correct a dangerous habit and teach them where their head belongs
when they are being led.
Click here to view this entire tip.
Keep the comments coming! We would love to hear from you. Please
let us know if you have any questions about our tips and also what
topics you would like to see us address in the future. Email
Kristin Mason, EWC chair. Thank you!
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held the first 3 days; certification is held
the last 2 days
August 7-11, 2012
BraveHearts at the Bergman Center in Poplar Grove, IL
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On-Site Workshops and Certifications.
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