Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Northern United States
• Horses: 0
I meant to reply earlier, but lost track of the days. At the therapeutic riding center I work at (I won't give the name here for privacy reasons), it was started by a woman and a friend. The one who came up with the idea had gone to college and studied disabilities (unfortunately I can't remember the specific degree she has). Her friend did have horse experience. They started small with just a few horses.
If you start by volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, depending on their level system, you can work up from being a sidewalker to doing grooming, tacking, leading. Your facility may even offer workshops for PATH instructor certification. Mine does a time or two each year. Of course, I only see the part where they instruct a sample class and get evaluated by judges.
Long story short, you might do something like this: volunteer, gain horse experience, become a PATH certified instructor, take over the farm, find staff (such as equine managers and/or more instructors) through word-of-mouth or ads, make a website/Facebook page, gain volunteers.
You wouldn't have to become an instructor yourself either, so feel free to disregard that part. If you'd like to discuss more, feel free to PM me. :)
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