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The idea of starting an equine-assisted activities and therapies program or opening a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) center can seem overwhelming at first, and many questions immediately come to mind. How will I fund it? What makes a good employee or volunteer? Where do I advertise? Thankfully, PATH Intl. has many resources available to help answer these questions, including instructional publications, a mentor program and online forums.
One of these great resources is the "How to Start a PATH Intl. Center" book, designed to give prospective PATH Intl. center members an idea of the many facets involved in the planning stages of starting an EAAT program. The start-up book contains information about selecting equines, budgets, personnel, facilities, instructor certification, information on the discounted insurance package offered through Markel Insurance CO., and much more. In addition, the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification & Accreditation provides direction as you plan your center’s site and program activities according to PATH Intl.’s administrative, program and facility standards.
PATH Intl. strongly recommends that you do some networking with other existing PATH Intl. Centers in your region. Networking with other PATH Intl. Centers can offer valuable information not found in any book. You can access a list of PATH Intl. Centers on the "Find a Center" page. Contacting your PATH Intl. Region Representative [link to region landing page] can also be every helpful. Many Region Representatives are also center owners, directors or instructors who work in the field and have gained valuable experience and information that they can share with you.