Lauren Barwick, 4-Star Senior InstructorHorses are increasingly used as facilitators in variety of therapies. They provide fun, rhythmic exercise for children with physical and learning disabilities, help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, and offer teens a way to improve their communication and social skills without passing judgment or leveraging peer pressure.

The Institute will provide and fund education for therapeutic horsemanship program staff and volunteers, and support opportunities for individuals with disabilities to build their horsemanship skills.

“Horses are dang good therapy for people.”Pat Parelli


Dressage Paralympian Lauren Barwick at the
2014 Parelli Natural Horsemanship “Future of HorseManShip Tour” stop in Perry, GA


More than a Mirror

Morethanmirror_smallShannon Knapp has just completed her most recent book, More Than a Mirror: Horses, Humans and Therapeutic Practices, specifically addressing the role of the horse in EAP/EAL practices, and the role(s) of the Horse Professional. Shannon is EAGALA Advanced Certified, a Parelli Level 2 graduate and is the author of the book, Horse Sense Business Sense, Volume 1, an introduction to starting and running your own Horse Therapy & Learning practice, as well as numerous other resources for Horse Therapy & Learning practices. In addition, Shannon is a Graduate Advisor for Prescott College’s Equine Assisted Learning Masters program, & offers consulting services to those interested in starting their own Horse Therapy & Learning business.


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