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Community Programs | Equine Assisted Activities 

Embracing the Value of the Horse & Human Partnership! USU’s Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) is proud to provide equine related experiences focused on the dynamic of the equine and human bond. Horses have innate qualities which make them unique therapeutic partners and we utilize these characteristics to benefit individuals who face special challenges in life.

Our community programs provide equine activities directed by certified instructors with the assistance of trained students/volunteers, and specially prepared horses. 

Volunteer Opportunities

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Our program is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.) and abides by strict guidelines for safety and effectiveness. PATH, Inlt. Is the Professional Organization in which we certify with to provide certification for volunteers.

Volunteers from the community and the university are greatly appreciated.

If you are an Equine-Human Science minor, the following are volunteer opportunities that you can participate in to reach your required 20 hours of student volunteer to earn the minor.

Volunteer Application
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Veteran Riding

Our military program serves active soldiers, veterans, and their families by offering sessions designed to promote wellness and help offset some of the physical and emotional wounds of war. Volunteers, who serve in direct contact (as a mentor) with veterans in the military program, are required to be veterans themselves.

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Adaptive Riding
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Adaptive Riding (AR) utilizes a combination of horsemanship related ground-skills and riding activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs.  

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Hippo Therapy

Hippo therapy refers to how occupational, physical, and speech therapists Incorporate equine movement and the farm environment in a patient’s treatment plan, using clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuro-motor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes.  

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Equine Assisted Learning
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Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is a type of equine-assisted activity that refers to non-therapy, skills-based services which focus on teaching a variety of important life skills through both mounted and non-mounted interactions with horses.  EAL is an experiential learning approach which promotes skills related to: academic achievement and classroom behavior, personal growth and self-awareness, communication and relationships, and leadership skill development.

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Ride Utah!

Ride Utah! is an equine extension program that has been developed by Utah State University to provide a trail ride experience for military personnel and an invited guest.  Trail rides are held throughout the summer and fall ranging from Cache Valley to St. George to San Juan County.  Equine trail rides have been shown to be relaxing, provide enjoyment, as well as improve relationships with friends and family.  Ride Utah! consists of a  2–hour trail ride, lunch, and a professionally moderated group discussion focusing on military family issues. 

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