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Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)

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Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)

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The joy of sitting astride and controlling a horse is an empowering experience for an individual with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities. PATHs mission is to provide recreational, therapeutic horseback riding for people with these challenges. Horseback riding gives individuals with disabilities a chance to strengthen and relax muscles, increase joint mobility, and improve balance, posture, and coordination in a way that makes learning fun and interesting. Acquiring these skills fosters the development of confidence and self-reliance while riders learn the basics of caring for a horse.

PATH is a Premier Accredited Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). PATH benefits not only the riders and their families, but also the community members and the WSU students and staff who volunteer their time and talents to make this program a success.

PATH offers weekly classes for people with disabilities. If you live in the area and would like to be part of PATH (as a rider or as a volunteer), please give us a call at (509) 335-7347.

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What's Happening in PATH?

PATH to Success was the focus of a comprehensive 2-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine its effects on the social competence of 5th through 8th grade children, as well as on children’s physiological markers of stress.


Sue Jacobson
People-Pet Partnership
College of Veterinary Medicine
P O Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010
Phone: 509-335-7347
Fax: 509-335-6094

A Dime in Time

Thanks to everyone who supported PATH through the "A Dime in Time" program at the Moscow Food Co-op during the month of January! By bringing your own shopping bag or cup and donating the 10-cent refund to PATH, the program received $549.70 (5497 dimes!).

PATH has received the support of:

Outside links to:


Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, previously North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

American Hippotherapy Association -

Washington State University