Karrie Griffin Henry is a fifth generation equestrian, receiving her first pony from her great grandfather when she was three. Some of her fondest memories are of riding her Welsh Pony, Lady, alongside her mother on her Appaloosa down the dirt roads of Savannah. Love of all things equine runs deep in Katie’s blood.
As a child, Karrie took riding lesson from the legendary Dale Thorpe at Sa-Hi Stables. In addition to the basics of riding, Mrs. Thorpe taught Karrie the etiquette, knowledge and skills required to become a certified instructor for The Professional Association Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International). It was in the Sa-Hi Stables arena while cooling down a horse that Karrie had her first vision of teaching special individuals how to ride a horse. This dream would eventually become a reality in the form of Hoofs 4 Healing.
Karrie first witnessed the benefits of equine therapy in 1999 when she lifted her nephew who has cerebral palsy onto the back of a thin framed Palomino named Skipper at the Horsin’ Around Therapeutic Center. In 2007 Karrie became certified as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor through North America Riding for Handicap Association (NARHA), now called Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International). After almost 20 years of volunteering at Horsin’ Around working with special needs children, active military, and veterans, Karrie became the Director of Operations in 2011.
In 2013, Karrie decided to launch her own program, Hoofs 4 Healing, utilizing the horses to their highest capacity to bring her passion to life for others in the safe and structured manner that PATH International has in place.