Equine Studies Concentrations

Therapeutic Horsemanship

The concentration in Therapeutic Horsemanship gives students a theoretical knowledge of and practical experience with teaching horsemanship to people with disabilities. Successful students gain insight into the physical, psychosocial, cognitive and emotional effects of horses on human beings, particularly those people who have special needs or challenges. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared and qualified to become key employees in organizations offering equine-assisted activities.

Students are also expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of riding proficiency showing a secure seat, following hand and steady, clear aids. A thirty-hour teaching internship under the supervision of a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship ) International certified therapeutic riding instructor formerly North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) is also required.