College of Veterinary Medicine

The People-Pet Partnership  

Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)


Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)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 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

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

PHOTOGRAPHS:   PATH in Action     PATH Horses

Outside links to

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, previously North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
http://www.pathintl.org/ PATH International

 

American Hippotherapy Association
http://www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org

 


What's Happening
in PATH?


PATH...to Success is currently 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 8 th grade children, as well as on children’s physiological markers of stress.  

 

Contact

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

 


Last Edited: Apr 30, 2014 11:48 AM   

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