Living up to the partnership – Evaluating, motivating and training the horse in equine-assisted services

In order to consistently work “in partnership” with the animal, equine-assisted services (EAS) programs must maintain well-adjusted, healthy and content horses. Regardless if a horse works in therapeutic riding, participates in mounted occupational therapy or is part of an equine-assisted psychotherapy/learning interaction – equine well-being is our commitment.

  • What elements go into choosing the “right” horse for equine-assisted services?
  • Consider practical innovations in training and husbandry
  • How do we keep our working horses fresh and enthusiastic over time?

Join our expert panel in a conversation on these topics, facilitated by Michael Kaufmann.

  • Date: 25 May 2022
  • Duration: 1.5 Hours

About our presenters:

Michael Kaufman, Green Chimneys

Michael Kaufmann is the Farm and Wildlife Director at Green Chimneys and the director of the new Sam and Myra Ross Institute, dedicated to research on the human connection to animals and the natural world . He served the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) as a key program director in animal-assisted activities/therapy, humane education & animal welfare. He has contributed to defining publications in the field and has served on numerous national boards & committees. He has lectured internationally on humane education, animal assisted activities ad how the link between child abuse and animal cruelty offers opportunity for collaboration between various helping professions.


Samantha Arevalo

As the Equine Program Coordinator at Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY, Samantha has created a professional and welcoming therapeutic program where children learn how to build relationships with both horses and camels.
After graduating in 2011 from Post University in Waterbury, CT with a degree in Equine Business Management, Samantha became the barn manager at Green Chimneys, overseeing a herd of 20 various equines and transitioned to her current role in the program in 2018. Samantha is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through PATH, Intl. and has spoken at several PATH, Intl conferences on topics including barn management and equine welfare. Samantha continues to expand the boundaries of what it means to have safe and profound connections with animals as therapeutic relationships are established.


Octavia Brown

Born in England, Octavia emigrated to the USA in 1964. She earned her Master of Education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1971 and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2008 by Centenary University. A founder of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now PATH International) in 1969, she served four terms on the board of directors. She is a PATH Master Instructor and has chaired numerous committees for PATH, including Standards & Education and Certification. Now retired from Centenary University, she directed Therapeutic Riding At Centenary for 23 years as both a PATH Accredited program and training site for future TR instructors.

Dr Brown is past president of the Federation Riding for the Disabled International, having served six years on the board of trustees. She was honored in 1982 as NJ Horse Person of the Year by the NJ Horse Council. In 1998, she was awarded PATH’s James Brady Award for Lifetime Achievement in Therapeutic Riding. She received the 2021 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Equus Foundation.


Marie Suthers

H. Marie Suthers, DVM is Professor and Chair of Anthrozoology at Carroll College in Helena, Montana For over thirty years Dr. Suthers has enjoyed a career in veterinary medicine, from private practice to academia, the nonprofit sector, and back to academia. She has been integral to the field of Anthrozoology for most of her career. Leadership roles in the field have included President of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Board of Directors of the International Society for Anthrozoology, and Board of Directors of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association.


Pebbles Turbeville

Dr Pebbles Turbeville is the executive director of Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF). She holds a doctorate in Sports Management with an emphasis on leadership, a master’s degree from NC state and a BA from Columbia College. She chaired the Sport Studies Department at St Andrews University where she was an associate professor teaching Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Studies and Sports Management courses. She has consulted and taught at other higher education institutes in the field of Equine Studies. Pebbles has served on the PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) board and on several PATH Intl. committees. She is PATH Intl. certified as an Advanced Instructor, a CTRI instructor, and a credentialed mentor. She is faculty and an evaluator for PATH Intl. Registered and Advanced Certifications. She has presented at national, regional, and state conferences. One of her favorite hobbies is nature photography.

Roswitha Zink

Roswitha Zink, M.Sc, studied biology, special need education and psychotherapy and works as animal assisted psychotherapist mainly with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, grief or receive palliative care. Passion and expertise are in the training of therapy horses to make their special non-verbal abilities available to people in therapy. Body language and affect attunement as well as self-efficacy are valuable key words to strengthen animals and clients in therapy.

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