The “Best” Equine-Assisted Therapy Programs Out There Now
Who’s to say which are the “best” Equine-Assisted Therapy programs out there right now?
Sound like the ingredients in an oversized-bowl of alphabet soup? Almost, but not quite. NCEFT, or the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, has been assisting disabled persons with the help of horses since 1971. NARHA, or the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc., has been helping the handicapped for the last 51 years. And AHA, or the American Hippotherapy Association, has been in the horse-helping business for more than 100 years, since the early 1900s.
In the end, it is important to know where to go to find out what the experts have to say about where you and yours can get the best help available.
Clearinghouses to Help You Find Out What’s the “Best” Out There
“Resources for Equine Programs–U.S”
The Riding Home Index is not “horsing around” when it comes to getting parents and professionals in touch with the very best resources for equine-assisted therapy programs in the United States. It lists alphabetically any and all legitimate equine-based organizations who can provide people with the very best available therapy and self-growth resources, including treatment centers, therapeutic riding venues, and other equine-assisted therapy agencies, who are recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl.), the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).
Riding Home also lists books, journals, magazines, newspapers, organizations, institutions, and websites for your every research need.
In each listing you will find a direct URL, a national phone contact, and a brief description of the equine resource, so you know not only how, but who you will be connecting with.
The O Horse International Directory includes a comprehensive directory of horse-related sites meant to get people off their computers and in the presence of horses. Not all listings are personally vouched for by O Horse, as its owners encourage searchers to be cautious and use the O Horse outline of terms and conditions for proper use. Also check out O Horse’s “Fun Stuff,” and “Equestrian Articles.”
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PATH, or the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, began offering equine-assisted therapy services for the handicapped in 1969. Their focus since the beginning has been to help struggling people with their physical, cognitive and emotional needs by interacting with horses. It is an international voice for the equine-assisted industry, providing needed services and resources worldwide. PATH recently introduced the Horses4Heroes program to provide an alternative therapy for soldiers and combat veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury through equine-assisted psychotherapy.
EAGALA, or the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, launched in 1999, is now the leading global non-profit association for professionals using horses to address the mental and health needs of people. By developing its own model for such therapy, EAGALA has set the international standard for training and certifying professionals to use horse-assisted therapy, not to mention to providing much needed research and education resources, as well as public awareness, access to funding, and a high quality network of professionals, services and resources throughout the world.
NCEFT, or the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, for over the last 45 years has been helping children, adults, military veterans and first responders with their physical and cognitive disabilities. They are internationally regarded as a leader in offering services and resources regarding physical, occupational and speech therapy using horses. In their own words, NCEFT is dedicated to “helping people with special needs reach beyond their boundaries through equine-assisted therapies, education, and research.
NARHA, or the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Intl., is a member-based organization committed to fostering safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic activities through equine-based education, communication, standards and research, for people with and without disabilities. Currently, there are more than 650 NARHA-sponsored program centers serving more than 30,000 people in the United States and Canada. Since 1969, NARHA has worked tirelessly to ensure that therapeutic riding and therapy is both safe for and accessible to all.
CHA, or the Certified Horsemanship Association, is intent on doing whatever it takes to benefit the entire horse industry, including equine-assisted therapy. Its mission is to train and certify horseback riding professionals, recommend equine-based facilities, and publish the latest and greatest information about the industry. Literally, the CHA Way is: “Safe, Effective and Fun!”
NATSAP, or the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, serves as an advocate and resource clearinghouse for schools and programs that devote themselves to meeting the needs of young people and their families. If its residential programs you want to know more about, or wilderness and outdoor programs, or even equine-based treatment programs, NATSAP can steer you where you need to look. Because they have been front and center in the effort to ensure the best therapeutic and behavioral programs available nationwide, NATSAP should know right where you need to go.
With the field now a bit clearer of those who are “in the know,” may your research time be more efficient and ultimately more effective.
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