Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
November 6, 2012
Intl. Conference Handouts
Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting is over for another year. The
conference in Bellevue was better attended than we thought it might be
due to Hurricane Sandy. We're glad so many people from the East Coast
were able to make it!
A full conference wrap-up is on its way. In the meantime, handouts from
the conference are available by clicking here.
Affected by Hurricane Sandy
We know that many
areas on the East Coast were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Even now,
many remain without power. If you know of a PATH Intl. member or center
that has needs due to the hurricane, please let us know. Each region
has a PATH Intl. Community
Connections page. Log in to your region's page and post what needs
you know of. Keep us at the PATH Intl. office informed and we'll make
every effort to help where we can.
Just a reminder
that PATH Intl. has a Disaster Relief Fund. Click here for
information on eligibility or click here to download the application
You to CenturyLink for Improving Lives
recently received a thank you from Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding
Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Colorado. Read it
PPTRC was granted a PATH Intl. CenturyLink Scholarship for a new
participant on the autism spectrum to benefit from therapeutic
horsemanship. PATH Intl. continues to work diligently to find
opportunities that will benefit the membership, especially
peer-reviewed Premier Accredited Centers.
Dear PATH Intl.,
I'm happy to share
with you that our recipients of the Century Link PATH Intl. scholarship
are enjoying a fun and productive fall session at PPTRC. These two
riders are receiving the individual attention that enables them to get
the most out of each class. I asked the parents to share their thoughts
about the experience, and here are their responses:
"First of all, I want to tell you how thankful we are that [our
daughter] was given such a wonderful opportunity! She is absolutely
loving the experience. During her sessions, she has demonstrated
increased ability to plan fine motor movements. She was giving commands
in sign as well as producing the beginning and ending sounds of words
like walk, and combining two words together when making a verbal
attempt such as "walk on." This is really awesome because she
is completely non verbal. It's not that she won't talk, her apraxia
causes a disconnect from her brain to her fine muscles. She really
wants to talk and often tries so hard to make it come out of her mouth.
So the speech production that she was able to accomplish was amazing
and I know she felt a great sense of pride and confidence that she was
able to communicate like this. Her autism also creates a social
and emotional barrier between her and other people. Being on a horse
and learning how to work with the horse helps the child form a bond
with the animal and can be a gateway then, to be able to then expand
that experience to the people that helped them with the horse and then
other people in different settings as well such as teachers, or family
members. During her most recent visit, as her trainer walked up to
greet her, she made deliberate eye contact with her and reached up and
grabbed her trainer's hand! That was so exciting!
Thanks again for helping to make this possible!"
"I am so
grateful that we have this opportunity for [our son]. He loves
all kinds of animals and enjoys riding and interacting with the horses
so much. Many thanks to Century Link and Playdate!"
PPTRC is very pleased for the opportunity to provide therapeutic riding
for these children, and we share the families' pride in their
accomplishments. Thank you so much for supporting these riders!
PPTRC Program Director
Where You Live on Colorado Gives Day
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on Colorado Gives Day! 100% of your donation goes to PATH Intl., and
the value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive
Fund. Donate online at www.givingfirst.org/PATH
any time during the 24-hour period (Mountain Standard Time) of Tuesday,
December 4, to "Give where you live!"
In the spirit of "Give where you
live," PATH Intl. will underwrite a free 2013 regional conference
registration to the PATH Intl. region with the most money raised AND
the region with the largest number of unique donations. That's a total
of two regional conference registrations underwritten by PATH Intl. for
your region. Donate to PATH Intl. on December 4 by scanning the code or
by visiting the GivingFirst website.
Tips From the Equine Welfare Committee
Equine Dental Tips
By Carrie Niederman, Equine Dental Veterinarian, and Patty
D'Andrea, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee member
All horses should have an annual
dental examination. Click here to read
what the dental examination will monitor and other tips about equine
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, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare
Committee chair. Thank you!
Please join us in the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community Group!
We invite you to participate in lively, thought-provoking and sometimes
controversial discussions on the Equine Welfare Community online group.
No matter what your specific interest (equine-facilitated psychotherapy,
therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, carriage driving, interactive vaulting,
etc.), they all
involve working with equine partners. This is the long-awaited resource
for all PATH Intl. members to exchange ideas, ask questions, offer
comments and suggestions, and "pick the brains" of some of our
industry's most experienced and qualified people. You can access the
forum through the PATH Intl. website. If you have any questions about
joining the Equine Welfare Community, please email the moderator, Patty D'Andrea.
Intl. Events Calendar
noted, contact Denise Fager at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, 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 PATH Intl. events calendar.
PATH Intl. Equine
Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills
January 2-6, 2013
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ
PATH Intl. Driving
Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the
first 2-1/2 days, certification held the last 2-1/2 days. Specific
schedule sent by host site.
None scheduled at this time.
Advanced Certification Event
November 16-18, 2012
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Annapolis, MD
February 21-24, 2013
Good Hope Equestrian Center, Inc. in Miami, FL
March 14-16, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX
May 28-30, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT
Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
None scheduled at this
PATH Intl. Mentor Training
February 9-10, 2013
St. Andrews Ride Like A Knight in Laurinburg, NC
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