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What is PATH Intl.?Why does it matter?

PATH Intl. leads the advancement of professional equine-assisted services by supporting our members and stakeholders through rigorously developed standards, credentialing and education.

What is PATH Intl.?Why does it matter?

PATH Intl., a federally registered 501(c)3, leads the advancement of professional equine-assisted services by supporting our members and stakeholders through rigorously developed standards, credentialing and education.

About PATH Intl.

From yesterday to a  successful today.

PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 to promote safe and effective therapeutic — also known as adaptive — horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has 813 member centers and nearly 7,000 individual members in countries all over the world who help and support more than 53,300 men, women and children — including nearly 6,000 veterans — with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted services.

PATH Intl. Mission

We lead the advancement of professional equine-assisted services by supporting our members and stakeholders through rigorously developed standards, credentialing and education.

PATH Intl. vision

To ensure universal recognition of professional equine-assisted services and the transformative impacts that enrich lives.

PATH Intl. Core Values

Access and Inclusion​

Promoting diversity and opportunity in equine-assisted services.

Compassion and Caring

Providing a culture of safety, understanding and ethical treatment of both the humans and the horses.

Cooperation and Collaboration

Connecting and partnering with those who share the PATH Intl. vision in a mutually beneficial manner.

Education

Sharing valued knowledge with our constituents to facilitate their success.

Excellence

Promoting quality in all undertakings.

Innovation

Encouraging and supporting creativity, inquiry and cutting-edge research.

Integrity and accountability

Ensuring that all business is based on ethical principles and conducted with transparency.

Professionalism

Enhancing the value and credibility of the industry.

Service

Enhancing the value and credibility of the industry.

Holism

Promoting an awareness of body, mind and spirit in equine-assisted services.

What we do

PATH Intl., a federally registered 501(c)3,  accredits centers and certifies professionals so you have the best and safest services our industry offers. PATH Intl. accredits centers and certifies professionals so participants can experience the best and safest services in the EAS industry. Granting a PATH Intl. Member Center the priviledge of your trust will enable you or your loved one to reach health and wellness goals – as well as experience fun and hope – by partnering with horses. In addition to safety standards, PATH Intl. provides over 150 standards to help centers sustain viable programs using best business practices, provide compassionate, humane equine management, program- specific standards, facility maintenance and precautions and contraindications  for disabilities.

 


PATH Intl. Member Centers provide:

Therapeutic/Adaptive Horsemanship

Related to the broad area of horsemanship, equine professionals may offer four distinct non-therapy services that are adapted from traditional equine disciplines of horseback riding, driving, and vaulting. These include adaptive equestrian sport, adaptive riding or therapeutic riding, driving and interactive vaulting.

Equine-Assisted Learning

Related to the broad area of learning, specially trained or certified professionals may incorporate horses in three distinct non-therapy services: equine-assisted learning in education, equine-assisted learning in organizations and equine-assisted learning in personal development.

Therapies Incorporating Equines

Related to the broad area of therapy, licensed therapy professionals may incorporate horses in five distinct therapies: counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy and speech-language pathology.

Equine-Assisted Services for Veterans

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® assists military personnel and veterans through services provided by PATH International members and by providing leadership and guidance for equine-assisted services. Veterans of any age, branch, war or area of conflict can benefit from the program.

Educational Resources

You are not alone in reaching your goals. We provide a variety of educational resources all at your fingertips. For a complete listing of educational materials, visit the store.

I belong to PATH Intl. because I love the education, support and connection with other like-minded/gifted individuals with a love for helping others and their equine partners.

Nancy Leslie
Member

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