When assisting with my youngest child’s special needs in a combination with a fascination of horses, I was introduced to Therapeutic Horseback Riding in 2004. Having experienced the progress of riders becoming more independent, seeing my own child’s progression, I joyfully shared in their fulfillment. Developing and strengthening my own patience and empathy.
The interest of therapeutic experiences between animals and humans began with the hosting and training of SEGDI service dogs for those with sight impairments over 12 years ago.... (read more) I see the unique bond and security between animals and people. Our family raised 3 successful guide dogs and hosted many others during their transitions. We currently have a retired breeder from SEGDI.
After my first year of volunteering with therapeutic riding I wanted to be more closely involved with students and use my own experience in a more tangible way.
The next step was to become a NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicap)
Certified Instructor in 2005 and NARHA Certified Driving Instructor in 2006. NARHA is now PATH International, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.