Equine therapy programs are increasing in popularity across the US; and they are being used to help everyone from children with disabilities to veterans returning home who are having challenges readjusting to civilian life. For those running or volunteering at equine therapy programs, the amount of training and skills needed can be, at times, overwhelming.
For those who would like safer programs, more cooperative horses and improved therapeutic outcomes, the Parelli Foundation is hosting a “Horses Helping Humans – Therapeutic Horsemanship Course.” It takes place March 12-13, 2016 at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, Kentucky.
Parelli Foundation Executive Director Theresa Fincher says the workshop will be time well spent, “Therapeutic professionals will come away with tools to create more knowledgeable staff and volunteers, as well as safer programs and improved therapeutic outcomes. Parelli Professionals who attend will gain specialty equine therapy knowledge that will be valuable in growing their businesses and increasing their market share.”
Course instructors will include Shannon Knapp, M.A, EAGALA Advanced, TF-EAP, as well as 3-Star Licensed Parelli Professional Erin Fowle, who will share their passion and best practices in equine therapy. Knapp is the author of several books about equine therapy and is a graduate advisor for Prescott College’s Equine Assisted Learning master’s program. Fowle is a PATH Certified Instructor at the Stable Hands Therapeutic Center.
The cost of the workshop is $400, but attendees can apply for a partial scholarship to offset costs. The workshop also includes the following:
- Parelli Starter Kit: Halter, 12-foot Lead Rope, Carrot Stick, and Savvy String (a $139.95 value)
- Jump Start DVD
- Parelli Celebration LIVE DVD (a $19.95 value)
- Shannon Knapp’s book: More Than a Mirror: Horses, Humans and Therapeutic Practices (a $60 value)
- Continental breakfast and snacks
For consideration for a partial scholarship, the Registration Application must be completed at least 30 days prior to the workshop. Three or more participants who attend from the same organization will receive a 20% discount. For more information about the workshop and scholarships, go to: http://parellifoundation.org/therapeutic-courses/.
About the Parelli Foundation:
The Parelli Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for the natural horsemanship community that focuses on education for youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship, horse welfare and scholarships for the talented and for career minded individuals. It follows the principles of Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) but operates independently of PNH.
The Parelli Foundation (previously named the Parelli Education Institute) earned the “Gold Level” designation from GuideStar, USA, Inc.; an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. Out of 1.5 million nonprofits, less than 5,000 have achieved Gold Level status. Donors to the Parelli Foundation can be assured their investments are being used wisely and appropriately, with contributions tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
To learn more, go to: www.ParelliFoundation.org