Therapeutic Riding

PATH International - Professional Association of Horesmanship International at Owl Ridge Equestrian

Population served

Owl Ridge Equestrian Center serves children (4 years and older) and adults with various disabilities. There are several precautions and contraindications but it’s case by case with each individual.

Services conducted by:

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Registered Certified Instructors who have a strong equine background as well as an understanding of various disabilities. Instructors and Volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A new rider is generally assisted by two sidewalkers and a horse leader. (site: PATH Intl).

Therapeutic Riding Sessions available 7 days a week:

~ 30-minute private lesson

~ 60-minute group lesson (no more than 4 riders in a group lesson)

Who can benefit (including listing of special needs but is not limited to):

~ Amputations ~ Attention Deficit Disorder ~ Autism ~ Brain Injuries ~ Cerebral Palsy ~ Cerebrovascular ~ Deafness ~ Developmental Delay/Cognitive Delay ~ Down Syndrome ~ Emotional Disabilities ~ Learning Disabilities ~ Multiple Sclerosis ~ Muscular Dystrophy ~ Sensory Issues ~ Spina Bifida ~ Spinal Cord Injuries ~ Visual Impairment ~ Accident/Stroke

We are an approved vendor for some of the third-party payers agencies. Once you have returned the mandatory paperwork to our office we will coordinate schedules and assign you to a weekly lesson slot.

Our Therapeutic Instructor

Kathy Darnell – PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning, Therapeutic Program Manager

Kathy is a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning through PATH International. She has been active in the therapeutic horsemanship industry since 2008 at the instructor level as well as serving 4 years as the PATH Intl State Chair for Georgia. Kathy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Piedmont College and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse and is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a National Certified Counselor currently working towards full licensure.

For more information please contact:

Kathy Darnell : 770-715-9685 or