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Colorado Gives Day Results
Thank you to
all those who donated on Colorado Gives Day! PATH Intl. raised
$185 on the day alone, and continues to accept online
GivingFirst and on our
main website. On our website, you can also
download a form and mail it in to the office.
Don't forget to
donate by December 31 for the 2011 tax year!
Our International Association
Have you seen the flag counter at the bottom of the PATH Intl.
homepage? What started out with just a couple of countries
represented on June 7 jumped to well over 40 in three days
with most countries showing multiple unique visitors. It has
now grown to visits from 142 countries, with someone from
Syria being the most recent visitor. We truly are an
Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Please Donate to PATH Intl. Today!
Please consider giving to PATH Intl. today!
Thanks to our generous donors, the Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International is helping to reshape
lives every day.
When you give generously,
* You can help a PATH Intl. center teach its staff and
volunteers to practice the very best in equine-assisted
activities and therapies (EAAT).
* You can help PATH Intl. centers sustain their excellence
and safety in the field of EAAT.
* Together, we can appreciate the power of the horse to
change lives by supporting PATH Intl. today.
During this season of giving, please consider donating to
PATH Intl. Thank you so much for your support.
Kay Marsh Green
Office Closed for Holiday
The PATH Intl. office will be closed from December 24 to
January 3. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday,
January 3, 2012. You will still be able to access your account
from the website if you would like, and you will still be able
to make year-end donations through the website.
Have a wonderful holiday!
The Governance Committee Forms Bylaws Task Force
The Governance Committee of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees
is forming a task force to review Article VI, Section 2 of the
PATH Intl. By-laws. At the annual meeting in November in
Lexington, KY, the new by-laws were passed with the exception
of this section. The task force will review this section and
make recommendations to the Governance Committee.
Task force applicants with experience in developing and
editing bylaws, knowledge of nonprofit governance and strong
writing skills should submit their resume and brief cover
letter demonstrating experience and intent by January 5, 2012,
All applicants will have a response by January 13, 2012.
Thank you so much for your interest in helping in this
PATH Intl. Institutes a New Policy
Effective November 11, 2012, the association began
implementing a new policy affecting PATH Intl. Premier
Accredited Centers. Should a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited
Center allow its PATH Intl. membership to lapse, its
accreditation status also lapses. A reinstatement process to
regain PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center status is required
if the center rejoins the association.
Click here to see the full policy.
This policy recognizes the continued commitment to the PATH
Intl. standards of safety, ethics and professionalism Premier
Accredited Center members make.
Good-Bye to Jared Smith
It is with sadness that PATH Intl. says good-bye to Membership
Representative Jared Smith. Jared started with PATH Intl. a
year and a half ago, and many of you knew him as he helped
with your membership renewal and certification questions. He
is leaving to pursue a career in real estate. We'll miss you,
Jared, and good luck!
Sweeney Recipient of Humanitarian Award
PATH Intl. Board Member Molly Sweeney has been named the
recipient of the prestigious 2011 The EQUUS Foundation
Humanitarian Award presented by United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF). The presentation will take place January
14, 2012, at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner in Cincinatti, OH.
The award is a celebration of the humanitarian achievements
made by a member of the equestrian world. It spotlights the
selfless dedication one individual or a group of individuals
has made. Molly was selected for her local and national-level
volunteer work for over two decades in the EAAT field.
Molly became a PATH Intl. Board Member in 1996 and served as
secretary of the board from 1998-2002. She was awarded the
President's Award in 2005 for her outstanding contributions to
the Association. In 2010, she received the PATH Intl. James
Brady Lifetime Achievement Award.
Honor the Special People and Equines in Your Life
Throughout our lives, there are people who touch our hearts and
there are horses that change us forever. PATH Intl. is now
offering a way to honor the special people or equines in your life
or to remember someone who helped change your life. Click here to
In Honor and In Memory web page. Download the form and fax,
(303) 252-4610, or email it to
PATH Intl. Center Renewal Due December 31
Thank you for your commitment to safety, ethical practices and
professionalism in equine-assisted activities and therapies. To
ensure that PATH Intl. continues to provide your center with
premium education and to maintain uninterrupted access to the
wealth of benefits available to PATH Intl. centers, please renew
your center membership by December 31.
Online center renewal is now available. Online registration makes
it especially easy to renew your registration before it expires.
With the elimination of paper, you'll end any worry about losing
your form on the desk or in the mail.
Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact
or executive director must be logged in to their personal account
in order to renew online.
If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please
send in a
center change notification form or a premier accredited center
change notification form.
Of course if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is
still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet
and renewal invoice from the PATH Intl. website, and mail it in.
Click here to download the center renewal booklet.
New this year, centers that prefer to pay by check may now
complete the Center Renewal booklet online and mail a check for
center membership dues.
For more information about renewing your center membership, please
Standards Reorganization Project
In August 2011 a task force was created to review the current
organization of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and
Accreditation manual. In the course of the review it was evident
that due to increased activities and certifications and yearly
additions to the Standards Manual the time had come for a
reorganization of the content. While the content remains the same,
the intent is to eliminate duplications and create a much more
user friendly manual with the publication of the 2012 edition.
Click here for more details.
Equine Tips From the Equine Welfare Committee
The Winter Horse: To Blanket or Not To Blanket...
By Sherri Velte
Winter is upon us and many of us have been faced with whether or
not to blanket our horses. It can be a confusing decision. I hope
the following tips will shed a little light on when and why we
should blanket our horses. There are a lot of factors to take into
consideration. Before we make any decisions regarding blanketing,
we need to understand our horses, their lifestyle and the
environment in which they live and work as well as their breed and
Mother Nature has taken good care of the horse. The average,
healthy horse that has access to good quality hay and shelter from
the elements will fare well in the winter months without a
blanket. As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, most
horses grow a longer, coarser, thicker coat. The hair has the
ability to fluff up, trapping warm air and creating layers of
insulation. Additional oils build up that add to the insulation
and give extra protection from wind and precipitation. When winter
days are a little warmer, the hair can lay flat to help the horse
stay cool. Grooming this type of horse should be kept to a minimum
because vigorous currying can disrupt the natural protective layer
of oils. Blanketing early in the season will most likely hinder
the natural growth of the winter coat. This may be desirable if
your horse is worked consistently and cooling and drying are
issues; or if you show in the winter and want your horse to have a
Some horses are not able to grow a thick enough coat and may
benefit from blanketing. Those horses may include old or ill
horses, pasture horses who have limited or no access to shelter,
horses that are moved to a colder climate and haven't had time to
acclimate, clipped horses and show horses that have always been
blanketed. Some breeds like the Thoroughbred may not grow thick
winter coats while others like the Haflinger may grow very thick
The type and weight of the blankets you choose will depend on the
breed of your horse, his coat, lifestyle and the environment in
which he lives and works while also taking into consideration the
varying temperatures and elements he is exposed to. If you choose
to blanket your horse, a combination of different weight blankets
will help you keep your horse comfortable during the changing
winter weather. Stable blankets are designed for horses while they
are in a stall while turnout blankets are designed to allow for
running and playing and are well suited for the horse that spends
time outside. They both come in a variety of weights from a light
sheet to a heavy blanket. The horse that is used to being outside
may not need a blanket at all when he is brought into the barn. If
your barn is warm or the temperatures rise, your stable horse may
also be comfortable without a blanket. Although the outside horse
with a thick winter coat may not need a blanket, he may benefit
from the extra protection of a turnout sheet during inclement or
cold and windy conditions. If this is the case, you should look
for a breathable, waterproof sheet that will keep him dry while
allowing moisture and heat to escape to avoid sweating. Blankets
that are too heavy will have an adverse effect on the horse,
causing the horse to sweat; as the sweat freezes the horse will
become chilled. In order for a blanket to be beneficial, the
synthetic insulation needs to be more effective than the horse's
When deciding whether or not to blanket our horses we should also
keep in mind that blankets can become ripped and damaged and may
need repair or replacement. Blankets should be removed a couple of
times a day to check for dirt, dried mud and shavings that can get
under the blanket and to check your horse for rubs or sores that a
blanket may cause. It also ensures the blanket is on properly,
with no twists, pulls or rubs, and the straps are all fastened
While blanketing your horse, it is important to be diligent about
paying close attention to the weather forecast so you can not only
choose the appropriate blanket but also, in areas where
temperatures fluctuate throughout the day, to have someone
available and prepared to remove, add or change the weight of the
blanket during the day.
Mother Nature has done a great job taking care of the winter
horse. I hope these tips help you decide whether or not your horse
could use a little extra help from a blanket.
The Equine Welfare Committee encourages positive and engaging
educational exploration from our readers - we'd love to hear your
feedback! Please let us know if you have any questions about our
tip or have a suggestion about specific topics you would be
interested in learning more about in the future. Email
Kristin Mason, EWC chair. Thank you!
Consider Hosting a PATH Intl. Event
We hope that 2012 will be full of exciting events at PATH Intl.
Centers! Click here to download the
intent to host forms for all PATH Intl. events. Read through
the intent to host packets for details concerning hosting an
event. We want to add more driving workshops on the west coast,
ESMHL workshops and skills tests and vaulting workshops/
certifications to our 2012 calendar, so please consider hosting an
Abby Hendren or call (800) 369-7433 with questions regarding
the 2012 workshops or hosting process.
PATH Intl. Events Calendar
Unless otherwise noted, contact
at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104, with
questions. All dates are subject to change. To register
for an event, please contact the host site directly. You
can locate its contact information under
Find a Center
on the PATH Intl. home page or on the
Intl. events calendar
PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health
and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
February 24-27, 2012
MTRA in Ocala, FL
September 14-16, 2012
Sunnyside Equestrian Center in Lincroft, NJ
October 24-27, 2012
Hearts & Horses, Inc. in Loveland, CO
PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held the first 2-1/2 days, certification
held the last 2-1/2 days
August 7-11, 2012
BraveHearts at the Bergmann Center in Poplar Grove, IL
PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
May 29-31, 2012
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT
September 10-12, 2012
BraveHearts in Harvard, IL
PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
No events at this time
Please visit the
PATH Intl. events calendar
for a list of 2012
Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications.
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