McLean, Virginia, United States
Katie Fallon is a PATH Intl. Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor with PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instruction certification with over fifteen years of experience teaching children and adults with a wide range of physical, cognitive, behavioral, and other disabilities. She is also certified as an Equine Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. As a lifelong horse aficionado, she has owned, ridden, and trained horses for many years. She is a past member and chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the Fairfax-Falls Church Interagency Coordinating Council (overseeing the provision of early intervention services in Fairfax County, Virginia), served on the board of directors of the Speech and Language Center of Northern Virginia, and is the past president of the Longfellow Middle School PTA. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Relations from Georgetown University and Columbia University, respectively, both conferred with highest honors.
Katie is the founder and president of Bridle Paths, a nonprofit equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) program based in Leesburg, VA. Bridle Paths is an all-volunteer organization that offers meaningful paths to connection, in partnership with horses. Our mission is to offer strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality EAAT. We provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction, equine-assisted learning, and equine-assisted psychotherapy services to individuals and families faced with physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs. We serve those with a wide variety of needs and diagnoses, including brain injury, paralysis, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and depression, and trauma. Bridle Paths’ services help clients to cultivate skills and talents that are applicable outside the barn environment, rather than identifying or limiting clients solely by diagnoses or labels. Our innovative, proprietary, and emotionally-attuned services include both unmounted and mounted components and emphasize relationship, communication, connection and trust, whether clients come on a weekly basis or for a single visit. We work with participants to help them identify and build upon their strengths, abilities, and possibilities, in partnership with horses.
The respectful and attuned techniques of The Masterson Method are a natural fit for the work we do at Bridle Paths. This form of light touch equine bodywork supports the well-being of our healing herd by promoting their relaxation, contentment, and comfort. With her certification as a Masterson Method Equine Specialist, Katie looks forward to facilitating sessions that enhance communication, connection, trust, and presence for both horses and humans.