Equine Studies Major: Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies Option (B.S.)


Beginning in the 2022/23 academic year (Spring 2023), the Equine Studies Major: Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies option will no longer be accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

This option is designed for:

  • Students interested in a teaching therapeutic riding or other equine-assisted activities and therapies.
  • Students interested in an administrative career at a center conducting equine-assisted activities and therapies, such as fundraising, volunteer coordination, or management for a therapeutic riding center.

This option includes classes in equine studies, equine-assisted activities and therapies, non-profit organizations, and topics related to human development and special needs. Students also prepare and test for PATH International instructor certification, which allows them to teach therapeutic riding at any PATH International operating center.

In addition to the standard core courses for all Equine Studies majors, students in Equine Management take courses in human anatomy and physiology, agricultural business management and non-profit management, equine-assisted activities, therapeutic riding instruction, equine management, and equine conformation.  Students then select 20 approved credits to allow them to focus in the areas most relevant to their desired career.  Those courses may include classes in equine training, riding instruction, sign language, human development, and education.

A minimum grade of C-minus or better must be earned in all Equine Studies courses required by the major.

Core Equine Studies Requirements
ANSC 411Freshman Seminar in Equine Science1
ANSC 437Equine Husbandry Techniques4
ANSC 504Equine Physiology4
ANSC 522Intermediate Horsemanship Theory3
or ANSC 405 Theory of Horsemanship
ANSC 547Equine Stable Management3
ANSC 600Field Experience 11-4
ANSC 612Genetics of Animals4
or GEN 604 Principles of Genetics
ANSC 665Principles of Horse Trials Management 12
ANSC 725Equine Sports Medicine4
ANSC 796Equine Senior Seminar2
ANSC 797Equine Capstone Experience4
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
ENGL 501Introduction to Creative Nonfiction4
or ENGL 419 How to Read Anything
or ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing
or ENGL 503 Persuasive Writing
or ANSC 543 Technical Writing in Animal Sciences
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives4
or ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro)
Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies Requirements
ANSC 426Equine Conformation and Lameness4
ANSC 500Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies4
ANSC 546Animal Business Applications4
ANSC 635Nonprofit Management for Agriculture Business4
ANSC 643Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction4
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Therapeutic Riding Electives: Choose 20 credits from the following:
ANSC 507Survey of Equine Training Techniques3
ANSC 536Preparation and Competition Techniques for the Modern Sport Horse4
ANSC 538Equine Handling/Longeing1
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 640Principles of Riding Instruction4
ANSC 641Principles of Dressage Instruction2
ANSC 642Principles of Jumping Instruction2
ANSC 695Supervised Teaching Experience1-2
ANSC 744Advanced Concepts in Therapeutic Riding Instruction4
COMM 401American Sign Language I4
COMM 420Survey of Communication Disorders4
COMM 502American Sign Language II4
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
EDUC 650Introduction to Disability in Inclusive Schools and Communities4
EDUC 701Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives4
EDUC 751AInclusive Elementary Education: Literacies and Learning for Diverse Learners4
EDUC 751BMethods of Inclusive Secondary Education: Literacies, Learning, and Transitions4
EDUC 760Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs4
MGT 535Organizational Behavior4
OT 500Behavior and Development of Children4
or HDFS 525 Human Development
OT 510Exploring Occupational Therapy and Occupation4
PSYC 561Abnormal Behavior4
PSYC 581Child Development4
RMP 501Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities4
SW 424Introduction to Social Work4
SW 797Special Topics in Social Welfare4
ZOOL 613Animal Behavior5

Waived for TSAS equine management graduates

Sample Student Schedule by Semester - Therapeutic Riding

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ANSC 402 Horsemanship Lab 1
ANSC 411 Freshman Seminar in Equine Science 1
ANSC 422 Introduction to Horsemanship Theory 3
ANSC 437 Equine Husbandry Techniques 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
ANSC 426 Equine Conformation and Lameness 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Second Year
ANSC 546 Animal Business Applications 4
ANSC 500 Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies 4
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Choice of Major Elective 4
ANSC 402 Horsemanship Lab 1
ANSC 522 Intermediate Horsemanship Theory 3
ANSC 643 Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 4
EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives 4
Third Year
ANSC 504 Equine Physiology 4
ANSC 547 Equine Stable Management 3
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior
or Principles of Riding Instruction
or Investigations
Discovery Course 4
ANSC 635 Nonprofit Management for Agriculture Business 4
ANSC 643 Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction 4
ANSC 665 Principles of Horse Trials Management 2
Discovery Course 4
ANSC 600 Field Experience 1-4
Fourth Year
ANSC 612
Genetics of Animals
or Principles of Genetics
ANSC 725 Equine Sports Medicine 4
ANSC 744 Advanced Concepts in Therapeutic Riding Instruction 4
ANSC 796 Equine Senior Seminar 2
ANSC 797 Equine Capstone Experience 4
Discovery Course 4
Major Elecitve 4
Major Elective 4
 Total Credits130-133

2+ cr above/Horsemanship Theory

All students who graduate from the B.S. in Equine Studies program will be able to:

  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate safe, effective, and humane equine handling and stable management skills.
  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate equine health management practices and basic equine first aid.
  • Explain guidelines for equine nutrition, feeding, and parasite management.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency with English tack, boots, bandages, and blankets.
  • Demonstrate safe, competent longeing technique using a trained horse.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of riding practices in equestrian sport.
  • Communicate effectively, in written and verbal form, about professional topics in the equine industry.

Therapeutic Riding option:

  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of equine assisted activities & therapies (EAAT) teaching techniques for a broad spectrum of disorders and disabilities.
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of the PATH Intl. registered instructor certification program.
  • Identify ideal conformation and movement faults as they relates to equine form and function and the therapeutic needs of clients with disabilities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with adaptive equipment, tack, and procedures used in an equine assisted activities & therapies (EAAT) setting.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of key elements of business planning, management, and development, as they relate to an equine assisted activities & therapies (EAAT) setting.