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2023-2024 Catalogue

Equine Assisted Therapy

Minor in Equine Assisted Therapy. A minor in equine assisted therapy allows students to explore a growing field in which mental health professionals utilize horses in a therapy setting. Equine assisted therapies differ from therapeutic riding in that the therapy setting is conducted on the ground rather than in the saddle, and the horse is part of a three-pronged therapy team (mental health specialist, equine specialist, and the horse). The EAT minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to therapy giving students additional tools and experiences to carry into their professional roles upon graduation. The minor combines well with biology and psychology for students interested in veterinary studies or further study in equine assisted therapy or with business for students who wish to pursue equine-related business opportunities. 

With the completion of this minor, a student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic care of horses and the management of their facilities.

  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of various types of psychological interventions.

  3. Create client activities and intervention plans based on the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)’s model of Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP).

Minor Requirements: Equine Assisted Therapy. A minor in equine assisted therapy requires 20 hours in coursework. Courses required for the minor are:
EAT 200 Herd Management 
EAT 300 Equine Assisted Therapies
HPE 139 Introduction to the Equine World  
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 106 Introduction to Human Services
PSY 325 Psychological Disorders
PSY 340 Therapy and Testing
EAT/PSY 451 or EAT/PSY 452 or PDE 400 (1 credit hour, relevant to the minor).
Students are encouraged, but not required, to take a riding course (HPE 140) to further complement the minor.

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