MSU Extension Equine Assisted Therapy Programs promote therapeutic riding experiences through educational and research-based activities. Individuals of all ages, disabilities, and conditions may benefit from therapeutic riding. Equine-assisted therapy programs focus on the individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities. Local communities, 4-H members, and volunteers also benefit from the programs by being a part of rewarding and memorable experiences. The programs have earned premier accreditation status through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).

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Filed Under: 4-H, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs April 1, 2024

WEST POINT, Miss. -- Sometimes, supporting veterans can be as easy as showing up for dinner.

Filed Under: Family, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs October 8, 2019

The Mississippi State University Extension Equine-Assisted Therapy program will hold a fundraising event Oct. 12.

Man seated on a step stool in an arena looks at a horse while a large dog watches cautiously.
Filed Under: Equine Assisted Therapy Programs April 19, 2018

WEST POINT, Miss. -- The groundwork portion of therapeutic horseback riding offers emotional and mental benefits to veterans who take part in a program at Mississippi State University.

Lance McElhenney of Webster County served in the U.S. Marine Corps around the world. Injured by a mortar fragment in Iraq in 2004, this Purple Heart veteran now fights a different battle -- with multiple sclerosis. One of his weapons is an old horse he named Archie, for Archibald Henderson, the grand old man of the Marine Corps.

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A girl on a brown horse led by a woman and man.
Volume 2 Number 1

Trauma survivor benefits from Extension hippotherapy program

General outpatient therapy is a major step in helping trauma victims on the road to recovery, but hippotherapy has emerged as an effective method of helping them regain mobility over time.

Lance McElhenney working with his horse in an arena.
Volume 5 Number 3

He joined the US Marine Corps to serve and protect the country, and, as a Marine in Iraq, Lance McElhenney felt 10 feet tall and bulletproof.

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