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PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP, INTL

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

Path International Premier Accretdited Center

PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has 873 member centers and nearly 8,000 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support almost 69,000 men, women and children–including more than 6,700 veterans–with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.

 

 

 

American Hippotherapy Association

Defined as a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. The word hippo therapy derives from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse. The term hippo therapy refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapist and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction. This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals. 

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

EFP is defined as an interactive process in which a licensed mental health professional working with or as an appropriately credentialed equine professional, partners with suitable equine(s) to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client.

Definition as written by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (2016). PATH, Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation).

Equine Assisted Learning

EAL is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities. EAL content is developed and organized by credentialed practitioners with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and develop life skills through equine interactions. 

Definition as written by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (2016). PATH, Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation)

Equine-Assisted Activities

EAA are any specific center activity, e.g. therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc., in which the center’s clients, participants, volunteers, instructors and equines are involved. 

Definition as written by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (2016). PATH, Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation).

Equine-Assisted Therapy

EAT is treatment that incorporates equine activities and/or the equine environment. Rehabilitative goals are related to the patient’s needs and the medical professional’s standards of practice. 

Definition as written by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (2016). PATH, Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation).

American Quarter Horse Association

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