Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)
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 accredited by the Professional
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
International (PATH Intl.) (previously
North American Riding for the
Handicapped Association [NARHA]). 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.
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!).
PHOTOGRAPHS: PATH in Action
Outside links to
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International,
previously North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
American Hippotherapy Association