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Equine Wellness Seminar, Oct. 10-12, 2014

TSFPeterPansayshi.JPGFriday, Oct. 10 - Sunday, Oct. 12

with optional Monday workshop


Please join us at an information-packed weekend on the latest and best strategies for assessing and maintaining the wellness of our equine partners.


Seminar Topics


This seminar has a special focus on equine stress and its impact on equine wellness, particularly on horses who work in therapeutic programs:


  • Past, present, and future research on equine cortisol (stress hormone) levels in therapeutic work, including new results from a research study conducted by Tufts University at Touchstone Farm this summer
  • The care of older working horses
  • Approaches to wellness, including equine massage, equine Reiki, and conditioning and training of therapy horses


mspcarescueglide.gifOf special interest to first responders is hands-on training on Sunday in the use of the Original Rescue Glide, which has been an integral part of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm Equine Safety & Ambulance Program since its design.


The glide is a flexible guide that offers a safe and humane way to move and transport down horses.



Our Presenters


Our presenters include:


  • Jane Rodd of the Green Mountain Horse Association
  • Dr. Alfredo Sanchez Londono of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
  • Michael Kaufman, Director of the Ross Institute at Green Chimneys
  • Speakers from the Equine Center at Nevins Farm (MSPCA), and SmartPak
  • Several highly regarded practitioners of equine healing arts


The seminar will include presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activity, and plenty of discussion. In addition, participants may elect to attend a one-day workshop on Monday, October 13, offered by Pam Allen-LeBlanc on Animal Communication.


Who Should Attend?



  • Directors, instructors and staff of therapeutic riding, driving, or horsemanship programs
  • Practitioners and equine specialists in equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) and equine-assisted learning
  • Barn managers and head instructors from equestrian centers who own the horses working in their programs
  • Veterinarians interested in the latest research on equine stress
  • Firefighters and other first responders who may be involved in equine rescues
  • Private horse owners who want to learn about best practices for achieving and maintaining the health of their horses


Cost, Schedule, and Registration


  • Full seminar (Fri-Sun): $225
  • Sunday hands-on demonstrations/training only: $75
  • Monday Animal Communication workshop: $125
  • Overnight accommodations onsite (see below): $125/night


To register, and for the complete seminar schedule and information about each presenter, download the registration packet (PDF).


Onsite Accommodations


The Lodge in FallWe invite and encourage participants to stay right on the farm in Stepping Stone Lodge, which is also the location of all presentations, discussions, and meals.


Seminar Sponsors


We thank our sponsors whose generous underwriting enables us to bring top-notch presenters to this seminar while keeping the cost affordable for participants.


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Silver Sponsor