Therapeutic Horsemanship

The Therapeutic Horsemanship program at St. Andrews was the first one of its kind in the United States. The program of study leads to a B. A. in Therapeutic Horsemanship.

 

"This program teaches you about children who may have a disability and really allows you to open up your heart and mind about them and how they think." ~ Alissa Piccard. '21

 

"I love being able to help others experience the benefits of horses." ~ Anna Kahl, '20

 

 Ride-Like-A-Knight TH ProgramRide-Like-A-Knight Annual Horse Show

 

The Ride-Like-A-Knight Therapeutic Horsemanship program provides our students with unique perspectives as they serve as administrators, volunteer coordinators, program directors, and instructors during their college career. Ride-Like-A-Knight is a Premier Accredited Center and Approved Training Course with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl).

 

"St. Andrews provides hands on learning so that students can gain experience planning for and teaching in a therapeutic Horsemanship program. It has helped me tremendously to prepare for a future in the equine industry." ~ Pam Denton, '18

 

What can I do with a degree in Therapeutic Horsemanship?

As a Therapeutic Horsemanship professional you may serve in a specific role or wear several hats in the work place.  

  • Equine Specialist
  • Executive Director (or start your own center)
  • Horse Manager
  • Instructor
  • Program Manager/Director
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Some of our graduates choose graduate school to become a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapist Assistant. Long term goals include adding Hippotherapy to their future practices. 

 

Why should I choose Therapeutic Horsemanship at St. Andrews?

 

  • The nationally known St. Andrews Equestrian program supports our students through riding lessons, teaching opportunities, stable management instruction, work study experience, and event management throughout their educational journey.

  • Master PATH International Instructor, Lorrie Renker, visits each semester to evaluate students.

  • The Therapeutic Horsemanship Club sponsors students to attend the PATH Intl. Region 3 Conference, state meeting and committee meetings.

  • Students build their professional network by attending the PATH Intl. National Conference, other educational opportunities and networking events. 

  • Field trips are part of the program of study. Recently students attended a Para-Dressage Clinic with Michele Assouline that USE just announced as Head of Para-Equestrian Coach Development and High Performance Consultant. 

  • Internships are an integral part of the St. Andrews education. Therapeutic Horsemanship majors are paired with PATH Intl. centers for this invaluable experiential experience that often leads to employment after graduation.

 

Click Here for the Therapeutic Horsemanship Curriculum

 

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