What are Equine Assisted Services?
Equine-assisted services (EAS) is the unifying term to refer to multiple services in which professionals incorporate horses and other equines to benefit people. Services refer to work done for, or on behalf of others.Equine-Assisted Services (EAS)Equine-assisted services incorporate equine-assisted therapy, equine-assisted learning and horsemanship.
Therapeutic RidingTherapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.
Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT)Equine-assisted therapy is treatment that incorporates equine activities and/or the equine environment. Rehabilitative goals are related to the patient’s needs and the medical professional’s standards of practice. Practitioners must be licensed in their field. Equine-assisted therapy includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology and mental health professionals.
Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for eductional, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. PATH Intl. provides standards of professionalism and safety for people workin in the EAS field and guidelines for those providing EAL.
HorsemanshipHorsemanship includes any specific center activity, e.g.. therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, interactive vaulting, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc., in which the center’s clients, participants, volunteers, instructors and equines are involved.
Accreditation and Certification
TAILORED RIDES is a PATH Int'l MEMBER CENTER and adheres to the PATH Intl standards.
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) accredits centers providing a variety of services to people with developmental disabilities, physical challenges, and mental health issues. PATH activities are based on an educational model; skills are taught to riders, vaulters and students. The professional guiding the experience is a specially-trained, PATH-certified instructor. Accreditation is voluntary and the process is a peer review system. A center that meets the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards becomes a PATH Intl. Center. In addition to therapeutic equitation, a center may offer any number of equine-assisted activities and therapies, including Hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work or stable management. Tailored Rides currently operates with one PATH-certified instructor & is a PATH, Intl Member Center.
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