On April 24th, 2010, Goucher College hosted its very first fundraiser for therapeutic horseback riding. Employing more than 20 volunteers, the event included over 150 participants, and hosted 9 local therapeutic riding programs. The event featured a family-friendly fair including riding demonstrations, face painting, grooming stations and other family-friendly activities. In addition there were several raffles and live music, throughout the day to entertain the “big kids”.
Founded and organized by Goucher College students Charlotte Kellogg and Randi Turner, Healing Hooves was started as an International Scholars Program project aimed at reaching out to the community, while incorporating a global connection. Therapeutic horseback riding was introduced to the United States in the 1960s, and was officially recognized in 1969 with the founding of the National Association for Riding of the Handicapped [which has been renamed the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)] as a form of Animal-Assisted Therapy. Within the United States and Canada alone, PATH Intl. recognizes over 800 centers, which serve roughly 42,000 individuals a year.
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Healing Hooves 2012