Day 2 Agenda — May 8

Session 1: Equine Communication: Emerging Research, Common Misconceptions, and Understanding Behavioral Indicators of Welfare CR All Certs9:01-9:55 am MST

Do you really understand what your horse is communicating? This presentation covers some existing and emerging research in equine communication and how we, as practitioners, can improve equine welfare through greater understanding of horse behavioral strategies. The concepts discussed apply to horse-horse and horse-human interactions both in and out of sessions.

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Real Time Chatbox with Presenters: Chrissy Rudd & Emily Kieson

Session 2: Five Roles of a Master Herder: Leadership Lesson for Equine Professionals CR All Certs10:00-10:50 am MST

Linda Kohanov has explored "the way of the horse", experiential wisdom gained by studying the non-predatory power of horses. Through this presentation, horse-inspired insights have been developed into useful tools for developing collaborative leadership and managing change. "Master Herders" (from nomadic herding cultures) have developed a multifaceted, socially intelligent form of leadership combining the five roles of Dominant, Leader, Sentinel, Nurturer / Companion, and Predator. The interplay of these roles allows interspecies communities to move across vast landscapes, dealing with predators and changing climates, protecting and nurturing the herd while keeping massive, gregarious, often aggressive animals together. This is accomplished without the benefit of fences and with very little reliance on restraint. An innovative assessment tool will be provided to help determine which roles you currently utilize, overemphasize and ignore. You will learn to recognize, cultivate and utilize all five roles in your programs, family and in other social avenues.

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Real Time Chatbox with Presenter: Lori Cohen

Break 10:50-11:20 pm MST

Take a 30 minute lunch break or join us for a LIVE Q&A with some of the presenters!

Session 3: Beyond Riding: Healing the After-Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment DE11:20-12:20 pm MST

Women often report feeling abandoned when released from breast cancer treatment with few, if any, resources available to them for the unexpected physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. 80% of these women are diagnosed with PTSD symptoms in the first year which declines to 30% after one year. In the face of breast cancer incidence at epidemic proportions, an equine assisted learning program in human development or an equine facilitated psychotherapy program can address the unique needs of survivors and thrivers by offering custom-designed, enriched ground work activities combined with carefully selected traditional TRI mounted practices. Common after-effects of treatment which this program benefits include: need for physical and emotional revitalization, impairment of vital functions, self image negatively impacted by surgery and treatment, tactile defensiveness, disconnection from one's body, isolation from friends and family, loss of intuitive sense of well-being, weakness, trouble breathing and supporting own weight, and facing the constant threat of a recurrence of cancer for at least five years. The presentation includes: • Special needs and challenges of working with this population: precautions, contraindications, and strategies • Ground work activities which include music, story-telling, active engagement of the horse's sentient nature, and appropriate mounted activities, • Implications and strategies for special training of volunteers, horses, and staff, and • Strategies for enlisting community support. Responding to the needs of this population offers PATH Intl centers an opportunity for new, creative programs which implement whole horse/whole person activities.

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Real Time Chatbox with Presenter: Trish Broersma

Session 4: Evaluating Horses  for  Pain, Posture and Saddle Fit CR All Certs12:25-1:20 pm MST

All Participants will learn basic equine anatomy and visual assessment techniques for evaluating equine musco-skeletal pain, learn to identify equine posture and compensation, symmetry-asymmetry. This workshop will demonstrate to participants how to view and create visual guidelines for assessing horses for pain, comfort and saddle fit.

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Real Time Chatbox with Presenter: Rhonda Martin

Session 5: H.O.P.E.- Horses Offering People Experiences for LIFE CR1:20-2:03 pm MST

An innovative equine facilitated psychotherapy program will be discovered from a group therapy approach ...ALL from the ground up. Program steps will be presented from both a didactic and experiential format. Participants will take a look at the research within the field of domestic violence of women, rationale for group therapy, and rationale for the equine therapy approach. Assessment tools will be discussed, regarding pre & post-screening tools, as well as, Hope evaluations at each session. Marketing strategies will be uncovered. Finally, the H.O.P.E. equine facilitated group therapy format for the eight-week series will be described in detail, both didactically and experientially over our 2-hours together in the barn with horses and friends in the field.

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Real Time Chatbox with Presenters: Michele McColm, Vallerie Sweeton, Jessica Mullin