Equine Management and Therapeutic Horsemanship Minor

Make Your Passion For Horses Your Profession

The SUNY Old Westbury minor in Equine Management and Therapeutic Horsemanship enables students to turn a passion for horses and riding into a professional career while helping others benefit from all the relationship between rider and horse provides.

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Therapeutic horsemanship is a rapidly growing field that involves the use of horses in the treatment or remediation of physical, cognitive, emotional and psychiatric problems. Whether you intend to become a special educator, a counselor, or hope to pursue a career in the equine industry, this minor offers a strong combination of horsemanship and psychological instruction to enable you to pursue your goals.

While available to all who have an interest, the minor can be particularly effective for students pursuing studies and careers in Special Education and Psychology.

Offered in collaboration by the College’s Psychology Department and the School of Professional Studies, the program benefits greatly from the participation of HorseAbility, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) accredited Premier Therapeutic Equestrian Center that operates from the Clark Family Stables located on the College’s campus.

There is a wide variety of employment opportunities available for students in the areas of Equine Management and Therapeutic Horsemanship. These jobs include positions in the direct care of horses, the operation and management of a farm, and various roles in the therapeutic use of horses ranging from health and mental health related programs as support staff to the leadership and direction of health, mental health and social service programs.