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MSU Extension Equine Assisted Therapy Programs - brochure

Publication Number: M1182
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Best friends come in all sizes.

Volunteer with the Equine-Assisted Therapy program, and help someone find a new best friend.

Do you love horses? Do you want to help people?

Bring your two loves together as a volunteer with Extension’s Equine-Assisted Therapy program!

As a volunteer, you will help children with special needs. You will work with a certified riding instructor and other volunteers who care about people and horses just as much as you do.

You will:

  • Help with riding classes.
  • Teach riders about horse behavior, care, and grooming.
  • Build bonds and understanding with the riders and horses.
  • Help riders grow intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.

Through the Equine-Assisted Therapy program, children and adults with special needs can:

  • Improve their strength, coordination, and posture.
  • Become more independent.
  • Increase their confidence and self-esteem.
  • Enrich their quality of life.

Therapeutic Riding Programs

  • Therapeutic horseback riding
  • Hippotherapy
  • Veterans Horsemanship Program

4-H Therapeutic Riding & Activity Center Core Values

  • Healing
  • Empowerment
  • Passion
  • Integrity

Equine-Assisted Therapy programs are held at

Elizabeth A. Howard Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center

1225 Old White Road South, West Point, MS 39773

To become a volunteer or learn more, contact Lori Irvin at

Certification workshops for therapeutic riding instructors are approved by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.

M1182 (05-19)

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Extension Service of Mississippi State University, cooperating with U.S. Department of Agriculture. Published in furtherance of Acts of Congress, May 8 and June 30, 1914. GARY B. JACKSON, Director

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