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Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Required Track Courses

  • Intro to Equine Care & Use (A&VS 281)

    Survey of basic equine care and use; breeds of horses and their use; basic care and maintenance of equines including feeding, health care, housing and equipment, as well as equine behavior and its relationship to safety and handling practices. The overall course objective is to provide the student with the basic information for selecting, owning, and caring for horses in a safe manner.

  • Equine Handling & Ground Training Lab (A&VS 282)

    This introductory course provides students with hands-on skills to safely handle and train horses from the ground. Students will learn to identify equine body language, and understand how their body language, position, and use of aids can be used to teach horses from the ground.

  • Advanced Horse Management (ANPR 344)

    Application of scientific principles and concepts in genetics, breeding, nutrition, reproduction, and anatomy to efficient production and management of horses.

  • Principles of Therapeutic Horsemanship 1 (A&VS 425)

    Explores the history, organization, principles, and procedures of an equine assisted activities and therapies program with the use of therapy horses for persons with disabilities.

  • Principles of Therapeutic Horsemanship 2 (A&VS 426)

    Expand knowledge of therapeutic horsemanship based on their learning from A&VS 425. Criteria for becoming a professional in equine assisted activities and therapy fields will be emphasized.

Select TWO of the following:

  • Equine Facility Design and Management (A&VS 330)

    Design of safe, functional equine facilities. Business, legal, environmental, and other issues involved with running an equine facility.

  • Riding Theory and Techniques (A&VS 370)

    Advanced methods and techniques for performance in hunter and stock horse events; anatomical, physiological, and psychological implications; preparation of horses and riders.

  • Disability and the Family (DISB 380)

    This course is designed to familiarize the students with developmental disabilities and their impact on families. Interdisciplinary family-centered care is emphasized, along with how to access resources to meet the needs of children and families.

  • Disability in the Community (DISB 482)

    This course offers service learning experiences in the community with persons who have a disability.

  • Introduction to Human Development (PSYC 241)

    Survey of human psychological development across the life span with emphasis on change in biological, cognitive, and social-emotional processes. Special attention given to theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues.

  • Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 281)

    Introduction to major categories of behavior disorders; etiology, prevention and treatment.

Note: To become a candidate for the PATH registered level riding instructor certification, a student must fulfill the minor requirements and also complete the following courses: A&VS 370, A&VS 481 and A&VS 482.

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