Handi-Riders of Northern California

Official PATH Int'l Related Links

PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International)

This is the premier site for information on equine-assisted activities. PATH Intl is a national non-profit organization that promotes the benefit of the horse for individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities.  For individuals with disabilities, equine-assisted activities have been shown to improve muscle tone, balance,  posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being. And it's fun!

PATH Intl Centers

Just as other professions use accreditation and licensing systems to improve the well-being of their industries, therapeutic equine professionals have a distinction of their own thanks to PATH Intl's Premier Accredited Center Program.  The Premier Accredited Center Program offers PATH Intl centers the chance to demonstrate their excellence in providing quality, professional equine assisted activities. This voluntary process recognizes PATH Intl centers that have met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and evaluate centers in accordance with PATH Intl standards. Centers that meet the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards become a Premier Accredited Center for a period of five years.  Centers must renew that accreditation by the end of the fifth year. 

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