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Cher Smith
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(800) 369-7433, ext. 123

August 2020 - When Centers Are in Need, PATH Intl. Is There

Denver— As if COVID-19 weren't enough to deal with in 2020, PATH Intl. Centers are still having to contend with the threat of losing property through natural disasters. Wild fires have already destroyed nearly two million acres across the United States. Predictors are also seeing 2020 as a near record-breaking season, predicting a total of 24 named storms, 10 hurricanes and four major hurricanes on the Atlantic coast.

With the knowledge of these disasters comes the fear of losing property and, even worse, the possibility of losing lives. Evacuations of humans and horses are heartbreaking yet necessary. Many return to homes and barns destroyed, shells of the dreams and activities that took place there. How to rebuild and where to start can be enormous and almost unanswerable questions.

The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund was created in 2005 to help centers affected by such disasters. The purpose of the fund is to assist PATH Intl. Member Centers with an immediate need in funding expenses not normally covered by operating insurance after natural or man-made catastrophic disasters. Since its inception, PATH Intl. has given thousands of dollars to help these centers with outstanding needs.

While it is still too early to tell how much damage may be done to PATH Intl. Member Centers, it is never too early to help. Your donations to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund will help centers rebuild. Visit www.pathintl.org and click Donate Now at the top.

If you are or know of a center in need, click here for information and the application form. 

Thank you for your generosity. With your help, we will all pull through this together.

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 About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl(r).) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 873 member centers, nearly 69,000 children and adults, including more than 6,700 veterans, may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,000 volunteers, 4,776 instructors, 7,943 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

For more information, contact: 

Cher Smith
Communications Specialist
(800) 369-7433, ext. 123 

July 2020 - PATH Intl. Conference Re-imagined!

Denver— Prior to the pandemic and the subsequent canceling of the PATH Intl. Conference, the association had selected exceptional sessions from almost 100 abstracts submitted by international-quality experts. PATH Intl. never lost sight of the importance of making this valuable education available to members.

As a result, in lieu of the international conference, this year PATH Intl. will provide three different webinar series through fall 2020 and winter 2021. Each series will feature a unique area of focus and will be presented by the experts whose abstracts were chosen for the international conference. The choice of series will include program (September), disability (October) and administrative (January). Each five-week series will include one webinar per week and require no travel!

Enticing presentations from the September series include:

"Conditioning the Therapeutic Horse for Longevity and Success!" with Christine Skelly
In today’s situation with quarantines and stay-at-home orders, many therapeutic riding programs have horses on breaks. While downtime can be beneficial both mentally and physically, a horse begins losing cardio-conditioning in as little as two weeks; by 12 weeks of downtime, a horse has lost most of their fitness associated with exercise. Attendees will explore evaluating a horse's body condition score for health and performance and how to develop a sports-specific exercise conditioning program for a therapeutic horse.

"Exploring Sensory Processing" with Susan Rehr
Explore how sensory processing affects learning, attention, behavior and skill acquisition. Attendees will gain an understanding of the connection of sensory processing to lesson planning, rider behavior and the acquisition of horsemanship skills.

Registration will open in August. Click here for updated session offerings and registration details.

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About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl(r).) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 873 member centers, nearly 69,000 children and adults, including more than 6,700 veterans, may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,000 volunteers, 4,776 instructors, 7,943 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

For more information, contact:
Cher Smith
Communications Specialist
(800) 369-7433, ext. 123

August 2020

Superb Education at Your Fingertips with the PATH Intl. Webinar Series

Denver— In lieu of the in-person PATH Intl. Conference this year, the association is providing three different webinar series through fall 2020 and winter 2021. Each series will feature a unique area of focus and will be presented by the experts whose abstracts were chosen for the international conference. The three series are program (September), disability (October) and administrative (January). Each five-week series will include one webinar per week. Since travel has always been an extra--albeit worthwhile--expense, this year's conference series is even more attractive with no travel required!

The first series begins September 9th. Enticing presentations include: 

"Conditioning the Therapeutic Horse for Longevity and Success!" with Christine Skelly
In today’s situation with quarantines and stay-at-home orders, many therapeutic riding programs have horses on breaks. While downtime can be beneficial both mentally and physically, a horse begins losing cardio-conditioning in as little as two weeks; by 12 weeks of downtime, a horse has lost most of their fitness associated with exercise. Attendees will explore evaluating a horse's body condition score for health and performance and how to develop a sports-specific exercise conditioning program for a therapeutic horse.

"Turn That Frown Upside Down: A Rhythmic Approach to Calming the Body" with Robert Jeffers

From years of experience talking with parents who were worried about their child’s high energy, lack of focus or impulsivity, this presentation is rich in practical activities. Learn how unmounted activities can allow clients to regulate their emotions and impulse control while giving caregivers the tools and knowledge of the importance of co-regulation.

The first webinar is only a little over a week away. Reserve your spot now! Click here for more information and to register.

Questions? Email ..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl(r).) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 873 member centers, nearly 69,000 children and adults, including more than 6,700 veterans, may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,000 volunteers, 4,776 instructors, 7,943 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

For more information, contact: 

Cher Smith
Communications Specialist
(800) 369-7433, ext. 123 

July 2020 - PATH Intl. Education Recordings Now Available

Denver—With the continued effects of the pandemic and the necessary caution surrounding in-person classrooms, it is more important than ever to have access to online learning. PATH Intl. offers session recordings from its 2019 international conference and its 2019 virtual conference.

2019 International Conference Session Recordings
Session recordings from the 2019 PATH Intl. Conference are available from seven different tracks including administrative, equine, instructor, mental health, program, veterans and research. Benefit from the knowledge gleaned from sessions such as “Body, Mind, Spirit and Four Hooves: How to Build a Holistic Wellness Program to Support Our Horses”; “Creating an Equine Strategic Plan”; and “From the Saddle to the Ground: The Benefits of a Ground School Curriculum.” Click here and then choose PATH Intl. Online Education to browse and purchase session recordings.

2019 Virtual Conference Recordings
Virtual conferences have been a way to gain online education for a number of years. PATH Intl. offers one- and two-day bundles of its virtual conferences. The 2019 PATH Intl. Virtual Conference offers 10 sessions over two days, including sessions such as “8 Myths of Saddle Fit” with certified master saddler Jochen Schleese; “The Right Horse Initiative Adoptions and Pilot Programs” with Program Director Christie Kappert; and “Mini Horses Maximum Benefit” with Sherri Moore and Malaika Albrecht, PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. Click here and then choose PATH Intl. Virtual Conference Bundles to browse and purchase session recordings.

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About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl(r).) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 873 member centers, nearly 69,000 children and adults, including more than 6,700 veterans, may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,000 volunteers, 4,776 instructors, 7,943 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

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