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Carrots4 a Cause
Online Magazine
In-Honor Donations
Book Now Available
Special Occasion Cookies
Office Hours
Meet PATH Intl.
Registration Book in Mail
Video Re-Submission
AAEP Salutes Veterinarian
Equine Tip
Certification Update
Host an ES Workshop
Workshops and Certifications
Quick Links


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PATH Intl. wants to thank its 2011 sponsors and exhibitors who have committed thus far. If you have any questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY, please contact

Megan Ream. 


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Gold Sponsors

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Racing Unified Network

Conference Exhibitors

Blazing Prairie Stars 

The Educated Equine


Freedom Riders

Ohio University Southern

Stop Equine Colic 

US Pony Club   


Carrots4 a Cause

We encourage all nonprofit centers to register with carrots4 a cause here. The Equus Foundation is sponsoring this website, which links sponsors and other supporters with equine charities.

Online Magazine

Check out the International Horse Racing Digest. PATH Intl. receives a portion of every advertisement sold through this online magazine.

An In-Honor Donation?

Did you know you could give to PATH Intl. in honor or in memory of someone? Do you have a big birthday coming up? Ask your friends to give to PATH Intl. in your honor. Did a favorite horse pass on? Give in his honor, and we will happily send a letter documenting your gift. If you'd like more information, please contact Megan Ream.

Book Now Available!

Hope Haven, a novel by Victoria E. Mora, is a heartwarming, coming-of-age story, about a teenager who rediscovers her faith and hope through tender friendship and the healing power of horses. It is now available at Barnes and Noble and PATH Intl. receives a portion of every book sold. 

Cookies for Special Occasions

Want some cookies for a special occasion? Christie Cookies has special gift tins filled with their delicious cookies. And best of all, July is PATH Intl. month! During July, every time the featured gift tin is purchased, Christie Cookies will donate 20% to PATH Intl. You can't beat that! Click here for details.  

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International  

July 5, 2011

Sizzling Summer Is in Full-Swing
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International wishes everyone a safe and fun summer. In recognition of the longer days, the office will be observing Friday summer hours through August 26, 2011. Business hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on all Fridays through August. Monday through Thursday, normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. apply.
Hello World, Meet the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International!
In the next few editions of PATH Intl. eNews, we will explore the content of the association's new name and tagline. Today let's look at the word "international."

While there has long been international interest, the association has felt a rapid growth of international influence evolving over the course of the past several years. The word international may not have been an accurate reflection of the association years ago but currently it is entirely accurate. There are almost 100 PATH Intl. certified instructors helping individuals in 20 countries, and of course there are center members providing the benefits of EAAT as well! And the interest just keeps growing. For instance, during one week in April 2011, PATH Intl. was host to two unrelated visits at headquarters from delegations representing colleges in both Japan and South Korea! 

The word "international" was the 4th ranked request from members who participated in the name change World Café process as an important element to be included in the new name. Many international professionals in EAAT may not need or choose to include PATH Intl. in their educational, operational or organizational goals. However, many, many international parties from countries still developing their EAAT industries are coming to PATH Intl. for leadership direction in certification and accreditation. The goal of PATH Intl. is to be a resource to those in need.

As we celebrate our new name, here are a few fun facts to consider
  • On June 7, 2011 we added a flag counter to the website homepage. It tracks visitors and identifies the country from which they are clicking through. In less than 24 hours we had unique visitors from 26 countries!!! As of today, 7/5/11, the site has tracked visitors from 94 countries. Click here to take a look. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the international flag counter and click on the table for further details. It's fun and also quite illuminating. International. Indeed.
  • We also added a translation button to our website. You will find it just above the quick links on the left menu. The "translate" button offers translation into 51 languages in addition to English. 
  • PATH Intl. currently has members on all continents except Antarctica.
  • PATH Intl. staff members speak on a weekly basis to individuals from all over the world looking for direction, membership, certification or center information. The standards are purchased by foreign entities regularly. International corporations make inquiries, and international media representatives frequently contact PATH Intl. for EAAT information.
Look for PATH Intl. Strides Magazine and Conference Registration Book in Your Mail!
conference logoWe're excited that the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual Meeting registration book is in the mail. You will be able to see the great session line-up we have prepared for you and begin deciding which networking events you would like to attend.


Of special interest will be keynote speaker Phil Tedeschi, the Big Lex Exhibitors Bash, the annual awards banquet, the Horse Expo, which will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park, and The Mane Event closing reception. 


Online registration will be available soon. 


Book a room at the Hyatt Regency Lexington: (859) 253-1234 or click here to reserve a room online. Use code g-NARH. If you call for reservations, be sure to mention you're with PATH International.      

Exciting Changes to PATH Intl. Video Re-Submission Process
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International is proud to announce an exciting change to our video resubmission process. PATH Intl. now has the ability to accept video submissions online through a file sharing system. We are still accepting DVDs and VHS tapes, but we strongly encourage all potential instructors who need to re-submit a video to complete their certification process to utilize our new system. International candidates can also use this system to submit videos to PATH Intl. This new system will allow PATH Intl. to increase customer service to our certification candidates re-submitting videos for certification. This process will speed up our reviewing time, prevent damaged or lost tapes in the mail and hopefully make it easier for our members to submit their video.

The system is easy to use; you can upload your video from your computer to our system. The video will be sent directly to the office and is ready to be reviewed by our PATH Intl. evaluators. Candidates will still need to mail or email the appropriate paperwork for their video re-submission and pay the re-submission fee (see your official results letter for more information) but will no longer have to worry how to get their video on a DVD or VHS!

If you have an interest in using this new system as an Instructor In Training who needs to re-submit a component for certification to complete the certification process, email Abby Hendren for information.

For all future candidates who may need to re-submit a video for certification, this information will be included in your official results letter sent to you by the PATH Intl. office about 30-45 days following your on-site certification testing.


The American Association of Equine Practitioners Salutes Arizona Veterinarian  

Dr. Mark Anderson has been named the May honoree of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' Good Works For Horse Campaign. He has provided 24 years of service to therapeutic riding programs. Dr. Anderson, whose niece benefited from a therapeutic riding program in Montana, started serving at Horses Help, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Phoenix, 24 years ago. His veterinary advocacy helped the small start-up grow to become a more than 20-horse operation. 

Dr. Anderson said that watching disabled children make developmental breakthroughs while riding has kept him grounded in his everyday practice. He encourages colleagues who want to get involved with therapeutic riding to find information through the PATH Intl. website,

"For me personally, watching the human-animal bond work in that setting gives me an understanding of why horses were domesticated," Dr. Anderson said. "It's a neat thing. When you get in the daily crunch of veterinary practice, you can forget about that bond."

The AAEP's Good Works For Horses Campaign honors AAEP-member practitioners who perform volunteer service to benefit horses and the equine community.    

Request for Marketing Materials for Conference Workshop

 Arlene Alen, a member of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and director of marketing and development for Horses with H.E.A.R.T. in Prescott, AZ, will be leading an interactive workshop at the 2011 PATH International Conference, "Morning Glory No More! Getting Out of the Gate with the 3M's of Marketing," and has need of marketing materials and challenges.


"What I am looking for is about 10 submittals of marketing questions centers may have," she said. "Or, actual marketing materials, tri-folds, marketing plans, website urls that you need to redo but are struggling with direction/funding, etc.; challenges you may have in determining your brand. I need one group of 3-5 centers almost immediately to get into the presentation materials for August, and then a second 'bonus' group for the actual presentation. If your people are at the conference, all the better as we can personalize your solution in a very positive way!"


For information, contact Arlene or call her at (928) 308-8538. 

Equine Tip From the Equine Welfare Committee
No Eating That Grass!
By Heidi Potter, Equine Welfare Committee
Have you ever led a horse through a gate and just as you turn to close the gate with your right hand your left arm is pulled out of its socket while the horse on the other end dives for grass? Or, do you not allow a child to lead the lesson horse because it is such a struggle to keep his head up when you pass grass? This behavior is not only disrespectful, it is also dangerous. Many a toe has gotten stepped on during the process of either trying to prevent the horse from eating or trying to pull him up once his head is down.

Chances are, starvation is not the issue here. Your horse has just not been trained to stay focused and listen to you while on the leadline. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Here are the steps:

1. Put the horse in a rope halter and lead without a buckle on it.

2. Lead the horse to a grassy patch and wait for him to drop his head. Please remember that an important part of good training is allowing the horse to make the mistake so that you can fix it! If you do not allow this to happen, you will forever be dragged to the grass or be constantly "nagging" at him to keep his head up.

3. Wait for the horse's lips to just begin to touch the grass. Timing is everything! Do nothing until his lips just reach the grass.

4. At that precise moment send a quick, sharp coil down your leadline to the horses head. The knot or rope will come up and bump him under the jaw. He will likely pull his head up quickly and jump back as if to say, "What was that?" You should act like it was no big deal and you have no idea what happened.

5. Then, just stand there and allow him to try again. Some will drop their head right back down and you must offer the exact same response. Make your correction sharp, clear and without emotion. (However, you may chuckle just a little as you see his expression.)

6. Some horses will slowly lower their head and stop just above the grass line. Pay very close attention to exactly where his mouth stops. Do not apply a correction until he opens his lips and touches the grass. This is how he will learn where the boundaries are.

Consistency and correct timing will get this problem fixed quickly. You must get every horse handler on the same page to fix this annoying and dangerous behavior.

Rope handling practice: It is a good idea to first tie your rope halter to a fence rail and practice sending the coil to the fence. Hold the rope in your left hand. Grab the rope with your right hand just in front of your left, thumb pointing down and palm out. Give the rope a good clockwise swing with your right hand by flicking your wrist around. A nice coil should move quickly down the rope to your target. 
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning FAQ Page
The Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning FAQ page has been updated. Click here for the updates. If you have questions that are not answered there, contact Tara McChesney at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114.
Certification Update - Effective June 1, 2011
Ultimately it is every candidate's responsibility to ensure all requirements for certification have been met by the appropriate deadlines and that his/her mentor is a current instructor with PATH Intl. Be sure to review all policies and procedures in our registered booklet, updated frequently on the PATH Intl. web site. It has recently been updated. Download the booklet and review it so you are aware of all requirements and policies for your certification.

If a candidate is found to have completed their 25 hours of mentoring under an expired or non-compliant instructor the candidate will pay a $150 fee to the PATH Intl. office prior to his/her certification results being released and officially recorded. A certification candidate can not act as an instructor until this fee is paid and the hours performed under an expired or non-compliant mentor will need to be performed again and turned into the office within 90 days of notification from the PATH Intl. office. If the hours are not complete within 90 days you will begin your certification process from the beginning. A certification candidate MUST show up to the certification testing with 25 hours of practice teaching under a current PATH Intl. Certified Instructor. If these hours are not in hand you cannot test. If these hours have been completed with an instructor who is not a current PATH Intl. instructor you will be assessed the $150 fee and have to submit proper hours to the PATH Intl. office within 90 days.

In addition to this update please be aware that any certification candidate who tests at a certification after June 1, 2011 needs to demonstrate a proper posting diagonal for their riding pattern. This is one of the many listed, required criteria in the certification booklet. In the past western riders did not need to show a proper posting diagonal just a posting rhythm, this policy has been changed. All riders, no matter the discipline, must show a proper posting diagonal. If you need assistance please consider taking lessons from a qualified instructor to learn proper posting diagonals.

Posting on the correct diagonal for the PATH Intl. certification is defined below ("correct" diagonal in this case refers to the "outside" diagonal based on the direction of travel in the arena):

The PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Criteria requires that all candidates demonstrate posting on the correct diagonal during the riding pattern. Posting on the correct diagonal refers to posting in rhythm, at the trot, in unison with the diagonal pair of legs indicated by the horse's inside hind leg and outside front leg. When the rider changes direction it is expected that the rider will change the posting diagonal to continue to be in unison with the horse's inside hind leg and outside front leg. Your body should rise out of the saddle when the outside front leg and inside hind leg of the horse move forward. The purpose of the demonstration of posting on the requested correct diagonal is to show the candidate's knowledge of diagonals, the trotting rhythm and gait, and also how to conduct a change of the posting diagonal.

If you have any questions please feel free to call (800) 369-7433. Abby Hendren (ext. 104) and Jared Smith (ext. 126) are happy to assist you in your certification process.
Want to Host an Equine Specialist Workshop?
It is exciting to see so many individuals interested in the PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshops. We would like to accommodate individuals eager for certification by holding more Equine Specialist workshops and practical horsemanship skills tests, especially along the west coast. Help us schedule these workshops. Start thinking about your 2012 schedule; we would love to get your event on the calendar and begin advertising for it. All workshops will now be offered with the new Equine Specialist practical horsemanship skills test, if the host site chooses. Host sites can also host the one-day practical horsemanship skills test without a workshop if they wish, a requirement for certification. If anyone is interested in hosting at their Premier Accredited facility, please download the intent to host booklet or for more information contact Abby Hendren at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104. 
Workshops and Certifications  
Unless otherwise noted, contact Abigail Hendren at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104 for further information. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can locate their contact information under the Find a Center link 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 Testing
July 28-August 1
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, KY

Visit for more information

August 18-21
Healing Reins in Bend, OR

October 19-22
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Advanced Level Certifications
July 15-16
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the first 3 days; certification is held the last 2 days

November 5-9
Gayla Driving Center/U.S. Driving for the Disabled, Inc., in Lexington, KY  

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop only 
July 21-26
Happy Trails in Tulare, CA

If you are interested in attending, please call the center immediately. The driving demo workshops do count toward gaining PATH Intl. driving certification.  


PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days, and certification is held on the last day
August 25-28
Riding to the Top in Windham, ME

September 23-26
Falconwood Farms in Conyers, GA

Mentor Training Workshop
July 9-10
Centenary College Equine Center in Hackettstown, NJ

August 4-5
Region 8 Conference in Baton Rouge, LA

Please visit the PATH Intl. calendar for a list of 2011 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications.

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