Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities - 3 Credits
R250 | 27918 | Fern Bonchek

This course introduces equine assisted activities (EAA) and the
history of EAA.  This class will discuss organization and
administration of North American Riding for the Handicapped
Association (NARHA) Equine Assisted Programs (EAP), and NARHA program
guidelines and requirements (NARHA the only organization in the United
States that provides program accreditation and develops/regulates
standards involving equine assisted activities. NARHA is an
organization that certifies therapeutic riding instructors). Topics
involving history, teaching techniques, safety issues, training of
volunteers, selecting and training therapy horses, publicity, public
relations and fund-raising, choosing a rider population and learning
special mounting procedures will be evaluated and demonstrated. NARHA
Registered Instructor Certification requirements will also be
discussed.  Students will be required to participate in a variety of
hands-on experiences that apply lecture content involving all aspects
of equine assisted activities such as participating in lessons and
stable management activities.  All students must participate in a
People and Animal Learning Services (PALS) new volunteer training
prior to assisting in an EAA class.

Required Book List:

NARHA Instructor Educational Guide [NARHA], NARHA Start Up Packet &
Book [Start Up], Special Needs, Special Horses “ A Guide to the
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding”: Naomi Scott [Scott], readings &
handouts as needed and E-Reserve Readings

Summary of Assignments:

Mid-Term Exam & Comprehensive Final Examination, 4-5 Page Research
Paper, Group Teaching Project, and Rider Shadowing Experience.