Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (Minor)

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (Minor)

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What is the equine-assisted activities and therapies minor?

Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) are dynamic treatments that focus on the frequent, rhythmic, low-amplitude movement of horses to help individuals achieve specific physical, cognitive, social and emotional goals.  The minor in program provides students with exposure to several disciplines within this diverse field. The required courses introduce students to key concepts in equine handling and EAAT, including equine skills and the opportunity to test for PATH International CTRI instructor certification in therapeutic riding.

Why study equine-assisted activities and therapies at UNH?

UNH is one of a handful of PATH Intl. Level III Higher Education Centers. Through the PATH Intl. Premier Accredited UNH Therapeutic Riding Program, undergraduates have the opportunity to work with individuals who have physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities and learn how to create an environment that integrates members of the disabled and able-bodied communities. Students in the program can earn their Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International instructor certification, which enables them to teach at any PATH International operating center in the world. Students have daily opportunities to work with horses in numerous facilities that are located within a 10-minute walk from campus.

Potential career areas

  • Counselor for mental health or youth at risk
  • Veteran's programming
  • Fundraiser
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Hippotherapy
  • Therapeutic riding instructor
  • Therapeutic riding center manager 
  • Volunteer coordinator

Contact

Cindy Burke

Director of Therapeutic Riding Program
CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-0131
Office: Therapeutic Riding Program, Equine Center, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
University of New Hampshire
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2130
  • Accomplished Rider and Coach Interviewed by Sally Batton
    Christina Keim, senior lecturer in the equine studies program and the head coach of UNH's Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Equestrian Team since 2004, was recently featured on the Athletic Equestrian podcast. Keim discusses her early riding life and reveals the inner workings of the UNH IHSA...
    Accomplished Rider and Coach Interviewed by Sally Batton
    Christina Keim, senior lecturer in the equine studies program and the head coach of UNH's Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Equestrian Team since 2004, was recently featured on the Athletic Equestrian podcast. Keim discusses her early riding life and reveals the inner workings of the UNH IHSA...

Curriculum & Requirements

The minor in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) provides students with exposure to several disciplines within this diverse field.  The required courses introduce students to key concepts in equine handling and EAAT, including equine skills and the opportunity to test for PATH International CTRI instructor certification in therapeutic riding.

The elective courses list for the proposed EAAT minor are designed to provide students with supporting knowledge of equine-specific topics and non-profit challenges necessary for professionals working in the EAAT field.  Students in the EAAT minor will take a total of 20 credit hours. Students must receive a minimum grade of C- in any course used for the minor. Students failing to do this will need to retake the course in order to receive credit. In accordance with University policy, up to 8 credit hours may count for both the minor as well as for the major, second major, or dual major. Students pursuing a degree in Equine Studies will NOT be eligible to complete the minor.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Burke, Clinical Assistant Professor, at Cindy.Burke@unh.edu.

Required Courses (12 credits)

ANSC 437Equine Husbandry Techniques4
or ANSC 426 Equine Conformation and Lameness
ANSC 500Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies4
ANSC 643Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction4

Electives (Choose at least 8 credits)

Choose 1:2-4
ANSC 405Theory of Horsemanship2
or ANSC 422
ANSC 402
Introduction to Horsemanship Theory
and Horsemanship Lab
or ANSC 522
ANSC 402
Intermediate Horsemanship Theory
and Horsemanship Lab
ANSC 426Equine Conformation and Lameness4
ANSC 437Equine Husbandry Techniques4
ANSC 635Nonprofit Management for Agriculture Business4
ANSC 640Principles of Riding Instruction (W)4
ANSC 641Principles of Dressage Instruction2
ANSC 795WInvestigations1-4
OT 510Exploring Occupational Therapy and Occupation4
PSYC 561Abnormal Behavior4
RMP 501Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities4

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