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post #1 of 6 Old 11-04-2014, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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starting therapeutic riding

I always wanted to get into therapeutic riding . there is a barn down the road what I'm going to start volunteering at. I would like to train horses for this. I was wondering if some one can point me in the right direction to start this
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-04-2014, 06:35 PM
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First, welcome to the Horse Forum!

There are great resources on therapeutic riding (including info for those looking to find or start a center, or pursue instructor certification) at the PATH International Website.

If you want to share your location, there may be folks on here who could share more local info too.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-04-2014, 08:20 PM
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My first suggestion is to start volunteering with your nearby program as soon as you can! You'll learn a ton about how these programs are run, what all goes into keeping things safe for everyone and beneficial for the rider, how to deal with horses, riders, their families, and much more.

How much horse experience do you have? How much training experience do you have? If you have been riding horses for awhile then you'll find that training other horses can be way different. It's even more tricky when you're trying to train a horse to be completely bomb proof for people with various disabilities. As such I'd highly recommend getting involved with the program and talking about your future goals with the organizer before you become too involved in your own thoughts.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-08-2014, 03:56 PM
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I am interested in the information this thread generates. I am very interested in starting an equine therapy ranch in the Mojave dessert of southern California. I understand it would be a serious on taking to try and take over a horse ranch with no equestrian experience but with the right staffing I think it could be possible. Has anybody ever heard of someone with no experience getting involved with trainers and care professionals to manage a horse ranch and enjoying the results of people benefiting from an equine therapy center?
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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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I am interested in the information this thread generates. I am very interested in starting an equine therapy ranch in the Mojave dessert of southern California. I understand it would be a serious on taking to try and take over a horse ranch with no equestrian experience but with the right staffing I think it could be possible. Has anybody ever heard of someone with no experience getting involved with trainers and care professionals to manage a horse ranch and enjoying the results of people benefiting from an equine therapy center?
I've never heard of a person without horse experience starting an equine therapy center. I think you're right - it would really depend on you getting the right staff. Do you have experience working with people with special needs?

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