Anne Babineaux, M.S.

 

anne-babineaux-01Anne Babineaux is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instuctor who got involved with ATRO in 2000. She began as a Volunteer and later Interned and became an Instructor in 2004.

Her profession as a Psychotherapist working with children and their families lent itself towards the building of the Mental Health branch of the program. She is a member of PATH and attended the National Convention in Fort Worth in 2009 with a strong emphasis on Equine Facillitated Mental Health programs. Her goal is to continue the expansion of Mental Health Programming for ATRO. She currently facilitates, along with Dixie B. Feratta, a Personal Growth Series titled Women and Horses each semester.

 

 

"At Cherokee Ridge"

  Sometimes at night

 When dust and gravel

 Sift through my brain

 I go to Cherokee Ridge

 Where the sun basks

 On women who get up close,

 Dip into pots

 And smear pictures

 On live horses,

 The colors blooming on

 The backs of horses

 The colors blooming out

 Of fingers

 In Rosie's mane

 I am in my granddaughter's hair

 Smoothing out tangles

 Minding the brushstrokes

 Flowers here are lifted

 Freed from their cases

 We set them in warm beds.

 We comb until something blossoms

 Debra Bailey--