2020 PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Committee

Michele Kane, Committee Chair
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Hearts & Horses, Colorado
Veterans Program Coordinator, Major USMC (Ret.), LPCC, CTRI, ESMHL

Danielle Crooks, Staff Liaison
PATH International, Colorado
Programs Representative; TRI (in progress); Professional Horse Trainer

Tara Mahoney
Equine Immersion Program, New Jersey/East Coast
Director, Licensed Trauma Counselor, ESMHL, EAGALA Certified Mental Health Specialist

Michael “MJ” Higgins
Reise Adaptive Equine Services, Mississippi
US Marine Corps (Veteran), CTRI, ESMHL

Jessica Christen
Front Range Exceptional Equestrians, Colorado
CSU Equine Science and Sociology, Business Minor, Marine Veteran Spouse, CTRI, Certified Wellness Coach

Kristen Marcus
CHAPS Equine Assisted Therapy, Wyoming
Executive Director; ESMHL (in progress)

Avery White
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Illinois
Trail to Zero Events Manager & Lead Instructor


Minutes 02-17-2021

Minutes 01-20-2021

Minutes 12-16-2020

Minutes 11-18-2020

Minutes 10-21-2020

Minutes 09-23-2020

Minutes 08-19-2020

Minutes 07-15-2020


Each month a different ‘tried and true’ activity specifically crafted for veteran participants is featured. If you have an activity you would like featured, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Using Your Senses

Pieces of You

My World

Trigger Alley

Emotional Balls







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The NEW PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide© is available!

The new PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide© is a handbook for novice and experienced therapeutic horsemanship professionals. This comprehensive, 200 page, full-color book created by a team of industry experts is filled cover to cover with important industry considerations. Included are chapters on: the equine partner, tack and equipment, participants, teaching in a therapeutic setting, behavior and emotional regulation, volunteers, entering the ring, considerations for instructors, instructor development and a glossary.

Deliver the safest and most effective equine-assisted activities! Enjoy a variety of included tools such as those to help conduct a successful participant screening process, teaching methods that encompass pedagogy, behavior management strategies, tactics for participant performance assessment and documentation as well as supporting sample forms for lesson plans, observations and reflections. There’s also a full index making specific content searches fast and easy. 

Enjoy having this beautiful, thoughtfully sourced and crafted, up-to-date reference material at your fingertips! All EAAT centers, anyone wanting to enter the industry, anyone volunteering or becoming an instructor will want a copy in their physical or digital libraries. It’s available in print and digital download format, and as always, PATH Intl. Members receive a significant discount. Both formats are available through the PATH Intl. online store.

Soft-cover print: $75 member discount price
$95 nonmember price

Electronic download: $60 member discount price
$80 nonmember price

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