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Barn Certification

Become a Connected Horse Certified Barn and serve seniors, people affected by dementia, and care partners with vital programs.

Enroll in the Barn Certification Program and become certified to deliver Connected Horse workshops at your barn. The Barn Certification program consists of a one-year training program through our Training Institute, including a two-day, in-person, facilitator training. In addition, we provide ongoing coaching and access to invaluable resources that will help you launch, conduct effective outreach and recruitment, and maintain a robust and successful program.

The stables at one of the Connected Horse certified barns.

About the Barn Certification Program

The annual subscription charge to maintain a Connected Horse certification and legal use of the Connected Horse name includes:

  • Curriculum based on the research at Stanford University and UC Davis, Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the School of Veterinary Center, Center for Equine Health Barns
  • Certification training for two and the ability to add additional people to your training plan
  • One in-person training weekend
  • Access to state-of-the-art training tools and evaluations
  • Monthly coaching calls
  • Access to the Connected Horse membership portal with resource library
  • Regular webinars
  • Newsletters, and quarterly updates
  • Training on how to market your program, fund development, and outreach support.
  • An annual quality improvement evaluation
  • PATH Continuing Education Credits are available

How to Participate

Connected Horse collaborates with therapeutic centers, performance barns, horse rescues, and private residences, with a priority placed on the safety and well-being of both participants and horses. We will work with you to carefully evaluate the various factors to consider at your barn. We have developed specific requirements to help support a positive implementation in a variety of locations. Minimum requirements include the availability of at least four horses that have been evaluated for the program, along with documented evidence of implementing the best practices for horse welfare and safety protocols. Additionally, a designated area for observing horses in either stalls or paddocks, as well as an arena (preferably covered), is necessary. To ensure optimal safety, flat and solid walkable surfaces are essential. Lastly, appropriate insurance coverage is required.

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