Course Overview

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 Equine Assisted Therapy | ANSC 410-V | Fall 2016

  • Wednesday 4:35-7:35 pm
  • 3 credit hours
  • no prerequisites required


To introduce and expand the student's knowledge and experience in all facets of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT).

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify key concepts in EAAT and companion animal therapy.
  2. Describe major EAAT types.
  3. Describe the characteristics of horses that make them valuable in therapy.
  4. Critically analyze and write about secondary sources reporting on EAAT concepts.
  5. Continue the pursuit of knowledge to enhance personal and professional development.

How students meet objectives

Students gain an understanding of EAAT by studying equine behavior and physiology, as well as different client populations utilizing EAAT. In the hands-on demonstrations, the concepts introduced in lecture are reinforced.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and define basic concepts associated with EAAT.
  2. Identify the context in which EAAT is appropriate (why it is used, who does it help).
  3. Utilize critical thinking, oral and written communication skills.
  4. Evaluate horses according to their behavior and suitability for assisted therapy programs.
  5. Compare and contrast various approaches to EAAT and its levels of effectiveness.


This class includes

  • Hands-on demonstrations with horses and dogs
  • Guest lecturers including EAAT professionals, PTSD specialists, 501(c) attorney, leading psychiatrists, licensed social workers, and successful dog and horse trainers
  • 10-hour service learning option

This class consists of the study of

  • Science of equine behavior and movement, which make the horse a great therapeutic partner
  • Client bases with various physical and mental disabilities best served with EAAT and the types of horses recommended for them
  • Assessing a horse and dog as a potential service or therapy animal
  • Agencies that offer EAAT
  • Legalities and liabilities involved with running a 501(c) business or animal operation

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