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Hope follows PATH (Professional Association Therapeutic Horsemanship) International safety standards for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. PATH International establishes and oversees standards for the accreditation of centers and the certification of instructors and equine specialists. Participants and their families are confident that PATH International centers' Certified Instructors and Equine Specialists have completed a stringent certification process and possess a strong equine background as well as an understanding of various disabilities.

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Hope Horses uses Equine Facilitated Learning 

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities. EFL content is developed and organized by credentialed practitioners with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine interactions. Benefits develop strong work ethics through dedication, time, and effort in caring for horses; fostering self-esteem and self-confidence; and help better understand nonverbal communication and enhance self-awareness.  







Hope Horses, Inc. History

The Hope Horses program was a vision and dream of David Poynor's in 2007. With several years of research, a board of directors was organized and incorporated in 2010. Hope Horses was approved as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2011. The Benedictine Sisters of Cullman opened the gates to a permanent home for Hope Horses in 2011. Fundraising and site preparations began for a new barn in 2012. The community has much ownership in the program by the way of donating materials and labor for the barn. In October 2013, Jon and Dr. Glori Short opened their barn, arena, and pasture for Hope Horses to evaluate horses while the barn was under construction on 1301 Convent Road. Four horses were evaluated and accepted as program horses. June 2014, Hope Horses began offering equine therapeutic activities at the Short Farm. In 2015, Hope Horses began offering equine therapeutic activities on 1301 Convent Road.

Board Members

Lynne Morton, President 

Terre Sutherland, Secretary

Taira Ugarkovich, Treasurer

Sheriff Matt Gentry 

Dr. Rex Adams 

Chief Kenny Culpepper

Sister Therese Haydel

Anna Bright 

Melanie Conn

Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Member

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 United Way of Cullman County Partner