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BRIDLE PATHS

Authentic Connections, in Partnership with Horses

Leesburg, VA   |  www.bridlepathsva.org

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Mission

Bridle Paths' mission is to offer strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted services. We serve those with invisible challenges-attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, and trauma. It is our vision to sustain an environment and an opportunity for our clients to connect, communicate, and trust, in partnership with horses. Our work is guided by our values, to CREATE authentic connections, in partnership with horses: Support Connections in our community Nurture Relationships Practice Emotional attunement Focus on Abilities and possibilities Build Trust with clear communication Prioritize Ethics and integrity

Notes from the nonprofit

As a result of recent changes in the composition of our board of directors, we are currently undertaking a board and staff retreat and strategic planning process that will guide our work for the next 1-2 years.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Kathleen Fallon

Main address

17160 Spring Creek Lane

Leesburg, VA 20176 USA

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EIN

46-1402120

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adaptive horseback riding

ADAPTIVE RIDING programs at Bridle Paths offer riding instruction to children and adults with physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs. Each lesson is adapted to the unique physical and emotional needs of the individual rider, and builds communication, connection, and relationship. In addition to mounted instruction, lessons incorporate groundwork in horse care and horsemanship.

Whether through mounted work or on the ground, our instructors offer lessons in an emotionally attuned way that we believe is one of the hallmarks of our Adaptive Riding services, and of our program as a whole. We strive to meet riders where they are, not only in a comprehensive sense as outlined in client documentation, but also in an evolving sense during lessons. For example, we may work with riders to determine whether to modify a particular lesson to focus on relational connection with the horse on the ground, rather than on riding skills, based on what’s going on for them at that time.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP) is an experiential therapeutic approach that addresses treatment goals using collaborative efforts among a horse professional, licensed therapist, the horse, and the client. Each client-driven session includes hands-on activities with the horses, as well as processing (discussion) of feelings, behaviors, and patterns designed to enable clients to learn about themselves and others. Clients interact with the horses on the ground and use nonverbal communication, problem solving, and creative thinking to address a variety of mental health and developmental issues. The EAP process is solution-focused and is considered a short-term or "brief" approach designed to activate the client's own healing resources. EAP sessions with private clients are scheduled primarily on weekdays; precise schedules are determined by client needs and availability and the schedules of attending mental health providers.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Victims and oppressed people

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING offers opportunities for participants to learn about themselves and their relationships through hands-on learning opportunities with our horses, and to explore the connections that can be made between horses and humans. Among the areas addressed in these groups are: cognitive and physical development, executive functioning skills, and emotional and social development. In these groups, we explore topics such as mindfulness, communication, boundaries, safety and flexibility, belonging and fit, collaboration, and integration. These groups are targeted to the specific needs of particular populations, including survivors of traumatic brain injury, individuals with social and communication challenges, and teens with anxiety, depression, and self-harm, and are scheduled according to the needs and availability of participants and facilitators.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

MILITARY SERVICES are provided to veterans, service members and their families at no cost to them. Bridle Paths offers weekly riding sessions and one-time visits for individuals and families, as well equine-assisted learning groups focused on the cultivation of relationships, communication, and connection. Our sessions address physical, cognitive, social, and recreational goals. We also offer equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions staffed by an equine specialist and a licensed mental health provider.

Bridle Paths received 3 grants through the VA Adaptive Sports Grant program to offer equine therapy groups. These groups are designed around the concept of the horse's reflective behavior, and are appropriate for participants with many social, emotional, and psychological needs, and for those working toward post-deployment transition and reintegration. These groups address themes such as communication, boundaries, safety, belonging and fit, collaboration, and post-traumatic growth.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Where we work

Awards

Klinger Award 2017

EQUUS Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association 2012

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl. 2012

HERD Institute 2019

Masterson Method 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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BRIDLE PATHS

Board of directors
as of 03/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Brenda Walsh

Elizabeth Ratchford

Self-Employed

Brian Horan

West Financial Services

Kristin Lee Hoffman

Product Development/Program Management Professional (Retired)

Carina Roselli

Self-Employed/Attorney

Brenda Walsh

AT&T

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/12/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.