Therapeutic Horsemanship
Therapeutic Horsemanship
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Paralympic Gold Medal Winner Lauren Barwick
Paralympic Gold Medal Winner Lauren Barwick

Horses are increasingly used as facilitators in a 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

Stable Hands

Grant Reports: If you are a current grant recipient and need to file a report, click here.

McKenna Farms Video
McKenna Farms shares a little of what a Parelli Foundation grant has done for them.
Serenity Farm and Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Serenity Farm Tells us what Parelli Natural Horsmanship and the Parelli Foundation have done for them.

The Parelli Foundation provides grants to therapeutic horsemanship centers. 

The Therapeutic Horsemanship application period closed November 15, 2019.
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Since our inception in 2012, we have granted over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants in our four program areas.  (Includes amounts awarded through our predecessor, the Horsemanship Fund.)  We grant funds for therapeutic horsemanship projects within the United States which further our mission of:

“Helping create a better world for horses and humans through natural horsemanship education”

Here are some examples of the types of grants we provide:

  • Funding to train your staff and volunteers in natural horsemanship
  • Certification of staff members or volunteers by natural horsemanship related organizations
  • Public outreach through Natural Horsemanship Education
  • Educating the public about issues related to therapeutic horsemanship

Grants may be given for any combination of the above and will be considered for other related activities.  If you are considering applying and need help to determine if your grant request falls within our mission, please contact us.

To be considered for a grant, an organization must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • The grantee organization must be a non-profit 501c3 organization.
  • The grant requested must fall within our mission as described above.
  • The grant application must be properly filled out and received on or before the advertised deadline.
  • Applicants must commit to natural horsemanship.

All grant applications are considered for funding without knowledge of the identity of the applicant.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please proceed to the next step below.

Workshop at Best Friends Animal Society
Workshop at Best Friends Animal Society

Therapeutic Workshops

Are you in the Therapeutic Horsemanship field and want to learn about what it takes to achieve well-informed staff and volunteers, happier horses, safer programs and better therapeutic outcomes? If you and other centers have a minimum of 20 participants, please contact us to discuss a customized workshop for your needs.

Inspiring Stories

Here are some powerful stories about how the Parelli Foundation through natural horsemanship efforts has impacted therapeutic horsemanship. We hope you enjoy these stories and we would love to hear how our efforts have helped you along in your therapeutic horsemanship journey.  You can submit your story using our contact us form.

Gail and Ernie

Parelli Friendly Therapeutic Centers

This listing is provided to recognize and honor those who use natural horsemanship principles to enhance the mental, emotional and physical health of their herd and to provide a tool to help these centers find and network with one another. [See list…]

What if your lovingly used Parelli Equipment —

could outfit a non-profit horse rescue, equine therapeutic center or youth club with natural horsemanship tools?

equipment photo

Maybe …

… it’s finally time to create space in your tack room and reduce tool redundancy for a GREAT cause!

The First Step is Easy:

We will find a good home for your lovingly used equipment.