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JoAnn Heffington

JoAnn gives lessons to the beginning to intermediate rider, as well as horsemanship skill instruction.  In addition, she is also a free-lance consultant and a part time service provider for Equine Assisted Activities & Therapy (EAAT).  JoAnn is able to offer "mentor" and "intern" opportunities for a limited number of health and educational professionals and college students three times each year.

She has a very strong background in education, teaching, and equine management.  Her many notable accolades, accomplishments, and credentials include the following:


  • Over 40 years of equine experience

  • Certified PATH Inter. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) Instructor

  • Certified PATH Inter. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  

  • Retired Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Retired Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

  • Holder of a Masters Degree in Education and CA Teaching Credential

JoAnn is a native Fresnan who has a deep love for our community and a lifelong commitment to serving individuals with physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges. 

Please feel free to contact JoAnn at 559-519-9100 or email her at for further information, fees, and to make an appointment.

Learn more about the services JoAnn offers by visiting her website, Fresno Hippotherapy.

To download JoAnn's release forms, click on the following links:

Participant's Release

Medical Authorization