Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Chillicothe Campus course in therapeutic horsemanship is sure to spur interest among equestrian fans

Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus students will have the unique opportunity to tap into their unbridled enthusiasm and gain an overview of the therapeutic horse-riding industry by taking the course “Therapeutic Riding-Overview and Instruction” EQU 2080 (call# 12526/12527 lab) this fall. In addition to “horse enthusiasts” the course should also be popular to students completing counseling and education degrees, particularly students interested in working with individuals with mental and physical disabilities.  

The course, which will be offered by the university’s Southern Campus Equine Studies program, will include a class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. on the OU-C campus each Monday and arranged laboratory sessions held at the OU-C Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center. The center is located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, just west of Londonderry.

The class will cover topics such as history of riding, types of riding, human growth and development, disabilities and challenges, role of the horse, adaptive equipment, therapeutic teams and teaching techniques.

The course is especially beneficial to students pursuing academic degrees and careers in areas such as social work, education, psychology and human services technology.

Interested students can find the course listed in the Ohio University Southern schedule of classes for fall semester. For more information contact OU-S Equine Studies Program Coordinator, Kelly Hall at hallk@ohio.edu.

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