In This Issue
Community Connections
Center Renewal
Region 6 Conference
Green Chimneys Award
Subcommittees Seek Members
Standards Reorganization
Corporate Membership Program
Thank You, English Riding Supply
Colorado Gives Day
Equine Tips
Hosting Events
Workshops and Certifications
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Tekna Saddles 


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American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 


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PATH Intl. a CFC Participating Charity  

Are you a member of the US Armed Forces or a federal government employee? If not, do you know someone who is?  PATH Intl., listed as NARHA, is a participating charity in the Combined Federal Campaign. Give $1 per paycheck to underwrite the cost of producing the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation Manual. Designate Code 23051 to give to PATH Intl. 


If you'd like more information on how you can give to PATH Intl. through your paycheck, please contact Megan Ream at (800) 369-7433, ext. 107.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International  

December 6, 2011  

Community Connections Launches  
See if you can find your PATH Intl. friends cheering about communities at the PATH Intl. Conference Community Building Event.
PATH Intl. Conference Community Building Event 
PATH Intl. Conference Community Building Event

Thanks to all those who participated in this memorable, fun and incredible experience.

The PATH Intl. Community Building Work Group is made up of Tanya (Welsch) Bailey, Laura Brinckerhoff, Jen Donahue, Karen Kersting, Shannon Knapp, Kali Welch and PATH Intl. acting staff member, Leif Hallberg. Our goal was to develop and support a strategy for member-centric communities. A member-centric organization is one in which the leadership creates a shared vision and members are actively involved in building more member value. It is a culture that is collaborative and supportive, with goals set that integrate the members' goals as well as those of the organization.

Our work group supported this process and developed the Community Connections name and the vision of "For Members By Members," contributed bi-monthly articles to PATH Intl. eNews, developed a comprehensive handbook and FAQ document (both are available on the PATH Intl. Communities Connection webpage), and coordinated the PATH Intl. Community Connections roll-out, which included an information booth and the PATH Intl. Community Connections event at the conference. 

The next step is yours. Please go to the PATH Intl. Community Connections page and join all the communities that interest you OR start one. The application and information are on the website.

PATH Intl. Center Renewal Due December 31  
Thank you for your commitment to safety, ethical practices and professionalism in equine-assisted activities and therapies. To ensure that PATH Intl. continues to provide your center with premium education and to maintain uninterrupted access to the wealth of benefits available to PATH Intl. centers, please renew your center membership by December 31.

Online center renewal is now available. Online registration makes it especially easy to renew your registration before it expires. With the elimination of paper, you'll end any worry about losing your form on the desk or in the mail.

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to their personal account in order to renew online.

If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please send in a center change notification form or a premier accredited center change notification form.

Of course if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice from the PATH Intl. website, and mail it in.

Click here to download the center renewal booklet.

New this year, centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the Center Renewal booklet online and mail a check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page.
Save the Date - Region 6 Conference  

Save the date for the Region 6 conference March 9-11, 2012, in sunny Fargo, ND! This year's conference is hosted by Riding on Angels' Wings Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, Felton, MN, Serenity Therapeutic Equine Program, Minot, ND, and North Dakota State University, Fargo.  We have an exciting speaker line-up with presentations on relevant industry topics so please mark your calendars now. More information and conference registration will be available soon! Look for online registration by December 21. 

Congratulations to Green Chimneys!  
ASPCA awardOn November 17, Green Chimneys, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, proudly accepted the Henry Bergh Award at the 2011 ASPCA Humane Awards, held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. On hand to celebrate and accept the award were (from left to right) Joe Whalen, Miyako Kinoshita, Myra Ross, Dr. Samuel B. Ross and Michael Kaufmann.

The annual ASPCA event recognizes the important role animals play in our lives, the significance of the human-animal bond and the people who make animal welfare an integral part of their lives. The Henry Bergh Award honors those who have followed in the footsteps of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, demonstrating a commitment to the care and well-being of animals. 
PATH Intl. Subcommittees Seek Members  
The PATH Intl. Equine Specialist Certification Subcommittee seeks two enthusiastic new members to join the committee. Applicants should have a strong interest in therapeutic riding, EFL and EFP, desire to continue the development of and improve the equine specialist certification. Click here for criteria, purpose and description of the subcommittee. The submission deadline is December 16, 2011.

The PATH Intl. Riding Certification Subcommittee seeks one enthusiastic new member to join the committee. Applicants should have a strong interest in therapeutic riding and desire to continue the development of and improve the PATH Intl. Riding Instructor Certification Process. Click here for criteria, purpose and description of the subcommittee. The submission deadline is December 19, 2011.
Standards Reorganization Project  
In August 2011 a task force was created to review the current organization of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual. In the course of the review it was evident that due to increased activities and certifications and yearly additions to the Standards Manual the time had come for a reorganization of the content. While the content remains the same, the intent is to eliminate duplications and create a much more user friendly manual with the publication of the 2012 edition. Click here for more details
PATH Intl. Corporate Membership Program  
PATH International is proud to announce the return of our Corporate Membership program, with SureHands Life & Care Systems joining us our first corporate member of 2012! Click here for more information on how to join as a corporate member
Thank You to English Riding Supply  
PATH Intl. thanks Kelly Smith and English Riding Supply for the donation of over 100 saddles (retail value: $50,000+) to PATH Intl. For those who attended the International Conference, you may have seen these high-quality saddles in our silent auction. Be looking for these saddles in regional conference silent auctions this spring and at the International Conference and Annual meeting in Bellevue, WA, October 31-November 3 2012.

English Riding Supply is the distributor of over 30 of your favorite brands, including Pessoa, Mountain Horse, Ovation, Veredus, Romfh and Tekna.

Tekna Saddles and Strap Goods provide the ultimate in adjustability and comfort for your horse, while their low maintenance requirements allow riders more time in the saddle. They are abrasion-resistant, anti-mold and weatherproof -- perfect for busy riders on the go!
PATH Intl. Participating in Colorado Gives Day - December 6  
As a Colorado-based nonprofit, PATH Intl. has the opportunity to participate in Colorado Gives Day today. Please consider donating to your professional membership association through this website. Colorado Gives has extended the deadline until December 7, 12 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).

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* When you give online any time today, the value of your donation will be increased by the $300,000 FirstBank Incentive Fund.

* Help us win cash prizes! We have a chance to win $1,000 Bonus Bucks and $5,000 High Five cash prizes when you donate today.
 Equine Tips From the Equine Welfare Committee  

PATH Intl. Core Standard P9 refers to your center's equine first-aid container. Please see below to reference the standard and then read further tips and suggestions from the Equine Welfare Committee.

Does the center have a readily available equine first aid container at each activity site that is:

1. In clearly marked containers?
2. Routinely checked and restocked with written evidence of maintenance?
3. Placed in a designated location, accessible to center personnel at all activity sites?
4. Contains emergency numbers: veterinarian, personnel related to equine care, farrier, equine owner?
5. Includes at least these items:  

a. Horse thermometer 
b. Topical antibiotic 
c. Antiseptic cleaner 
d. Wound bandaging materials 

Interpretation: First aid container may be a kit, box, cabinet, trunk, closet, etc. Emergency numbers should be placed inside the container. Suggested equine first aid items are described in the Guidelines Section.  

What's in Your Equine Emergency Kit?
By Sherri Velte  

With the New Year almost upon us, now is a good time to peek into your emergency kit and renew your resources or, if you don't have an emergency kit, now is a great time to start one. No one wants to think about their horse having an accident or illness that needs emergency care, but in the event it does happen, you want to be as prepared as possible. Having a first aid kit that is well-stocked and easily accessible can ease your stress during a horse emergency.

In addition to a well-stocked emergency kit, you should know what your horse's normal temperature, pulse (heart) and respiration rates are and how to take them. If you don't know what they should be and how to take them, ask your veterinarian. Keep this information pertaining to your individual horse(s) in your emergency kit. If you're not comfortable with cleaning wounds and applying bandages, you can ask your veterinarian to show you how to perform these procedures then review the techniques so you're ready when it counts and until the veterinarian arrives.

Here's an example of a well-stocked equine emergency kit:  

Thermometer (digital, rectal type with string attached) 
Lubricant like KY Jelly, mineral oil or Vaseline for the rectal thermometer 
Flexible wrap like Vet wrap or Co-flex 
Diapers/sanitary napkins (for soaking an abscess or to help stop bleeding) 
Antiseptic wound cleaner like Iodine or Betadine 
Antibiotic ointment (triple antibiotic, Neosporin or bacitracin) 
Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol (for sterilizing) 
Clean wash cloths and bath towel 
Metal bowl 
Latex gloves 
Scissors (sharp and with a blunt end for cutting bandages) 
Epsom salt 
Stable and polo wraps 
Sheet or rolled cotton to use under stable wraps* 
Contact bandage* 
Gauze pads (assorted sizes)* 
Cling wrap* 
Duct tape 
Single use ice packs 
Hoof pick 
Flashlight with extra batteries 
Pliers (to pull nails) 
6" diameter PVC tubing (cut in half the long way into lengths of 1 to 2' for splinting) 
Notepad with pen to keep track of vitals and/or notes for vet 
List of emergency phone numbers 
List of normal vital signs (temperature, respiratory and heart rates) 
Dates that each item was added to the kit and/or expiration dates 

*Materials should be sterile

An emergency kit can be simple or very elaborate, but your kit should suit your environment and the type of work you do with your horse(s). Other resources for what you may need are your veterinarian, local horse council or other recognized horse organizations and fellow horse owners in your area.


Additional references: Current edition of the PATH International Standards for Certification & Accreditation
AAEP - American Association of Equine Practitioners   


Consider Hosting a PATH Intl. Event  
We hope that 2012 will be full of exciting events at PATH Intl. Centers! Click here to download the intent to host forms for all PATH Intl. events. Read through the intent to host packets for details concerning hosting an event. We want to add more driving workshops on the west coast, ESMHL workshops and skills tests and vaulting workshops/ certifications to our 2012 calendar, so please consider hosting an event.

Contact Abby Hendren or call (800) 369-7433 with questions regarding the 2012 workshops or hosting process.

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) Recap  
PATH Intl. has received questions regarding the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification (ESMHL). The following is intended to explain elements of this certification.

PATH Intl. currently offers the ESMHL to certify the equine specialist in an un-mounted equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) or equine facilitated learning (EFL) session. PATH Intl. Standards require this certification for all centers and instructors that participate in EFP.  Effective July 2011 a two year grace period is in effect for those offering EFP to obtain this certification.  The ESMHL certification is not currently required for those participating in EFL. To assist PATH Intl. instructors participating in EFP sessions to obtain this required certification the Certified Instructor option is available through December 31st, 2011 (see information below.)

The focus and intent of the ESMHL workshop and certification is distinct from other PATH Intl. instructor workshops. This certification enables centers offering un-mounted EFP and or EFL activities to meet standard P20.

The presence of a riding instructor is not required for un-mounted EFP or EFL session; an ESMHL can conduct a session. A mental health therapist must be present during EFP sessions. For all mounted or driving sessions an appropriately certified PATH Intl. instructor is required.

This certification is offered to all PATH Intl. members. No other certification is required prior to gaining Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification.

The Certified Instructor Option enables a current instructor that is participating in EFP or EFL to waive the workshop and skills test, saving time and money. Instructors turn in a completed portfolio to the PATH Intl. office by December 31, 2011. When the portfolio has been processed (allow up to ten business days) you will receive an email to access the online ESMHL test as well as the CAT test unless you have taken it in the last year. Submitted portfolios are good for one year.  If an applicant has not completed the certification process within one year of submitting the portfolio he/she must start the certification process over.

Who this affects:
* Any member opening a PATH Intl. center offering an un-mounted EFP program
* Any PATH Intl. instructor participating in EFP as an equine specialist
* Any PATH Intl. center that offers an EFP program

If you have any questions or need further clarification please contact Tara McChesney. Thank you for your dedication to our industry!  
PATH Intl. Events Calendar  
Unless otherwise noted, contact Abby Hendren at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104, with questions. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can locate its 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
October 24-27, 2012
Hearts & Horses, Inc. in Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the first 3 days, certification held the last 2 days
August 7-11, 2012
BraveHearts at the Bergmann Center in Poplar Grove, IL

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
May 29-31, 2012
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
No events at this time

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2012 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 

Please direct correspondence about this newsletter to PATH Intl. eNews coordinator. PATH Intl. eNews is a benefit of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International membership. No portion of this publication may be reproduced by any mechanical, photographic, scanned or electronic process without written permission from PATH Intl. PATH Intl. reserves the right to reject, accept and edit submitted material. PATH Intl. eNews is intended as an information exchange and an opportunity for communication for members in the field of equine assisted activities. The opinions, practices or products presented in PATH Intl. eNews do not necessarily reflect PATH Intl. policy, imply PATH Intl. endorsement or comply with PATH Intl. standards.