Therapeutic Horsemanship Center Scholarships

Purpose of the Center Scholarships: To continue to advance the skills of equine specialists, therapists and volunteers in natural horsemanship and to improve the safety and quality of services for clients and their therapeutic horses. [Read more … ]

2016 Therapeutic Horsemanship Courses

Are you in the Therapeutic Horsemanship field and want to learn about creating knowledgeable staff and volunteers, happier horses, safer programs and better therapeutic outcomes? Then this is the course for you!  [Read more … ]

Getting All Horses to “Behave Like Jake

The Special K Ranch in Montana thought it had a one in a million horse when Jake arrived. Imagine their surprise when they found out they could get all of their horses to “behave like Jake.” All it took was a little help from the Parelli Foundation. [Read more … ]

Horses 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 Foundation 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

Shannon 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.