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Therapeutic Horsemanship (B.A.)

Where a Passion for Horses and Helping Others Come Together

Get hands-on therapeutic horsemanship experience with our Ride-Like-A-Knight program. Students prepare for a career in the equine industry and to use the benefits of working with horses to help a wide variety of people.

The B.A. program in Therapeutic Horsemanship was the first one of its kind in the United States. The program of study leads to a B. A. in Therapeutic Horsemanship. The Ride-Like-A-Knight Therapeutic Horsemanship program provides students with unique perspectives as they serve as administrators, volunteer coordinators, program coordinators, and instructors during their college career. Ride-Like-A-Knight is a Premier Accredited Center and a Higher Education Member with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl). Some graduates may also choose to pursue graduate school to become a physical therapist, occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant.

Passion. Dedication. Equine.

The Therapeutic Horsemanship major prepares students to earn certification as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through PATH International. It is also possible to earn certifications in Mental Health and Learning and/or Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instruction while at St. Andrews.  

“All the instructors are genuinely nice if you mess up. They do not hound you over it, just pick the slack up and go on. But it is nice to go to RLAK and see people, and they just welcome you like family. Makes me smile as soon as I walk in the room because I know the love around at RLAK. We care more about the children, and how they are cared for, and just want to keep them safe. We love to welcome everyone, just want to make them feel welcome, greet them, and welcome everyone as family.”

Hannah Johnson
Class of 2024

Experience the powerful connection between people and horses

Program Highlights for students at the Laurinburg campus:

  • Students receive riding lessons, stable management instruction, work study experience, and event management throughout their educational journey.
  • Sponsorship opportunities through the Therapeutic Horsemanship Club allowing students to attend PATH Intl. Conferences, state meetings and committee meetings.
  • 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. f
man walking with horse in a field

“I love being able to help others experience the benefits of horses.”

Anna Kahl
Class of 2020

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Therapeutic Horsemanship B. A. can pursue a wide range of career paths including:

Equine Specialist

Executive Director
(or start your own center)

Horse Manager


Program Manager/Director

Volunteer Coordinator

Fall Classes Start Tuesday, Aug. 27th!