SUNY Cobleskill Launches State’s First Therapeutic Horsemanship Program



There’s something about sitting on top of an 800-pound animal that can make you feel alive. Beginning this fall, SUNY Cobleskill students can major in therapeutic horsemanship.

“Therapeutic horsemanship is individuals with disabilities who are working with horses,” said Marny Mansfield, therapeutic horsemanship professor at SUNY Cobleskill.

“A therapeutic riding horse is a special kind of horse,” said Mansfield.

Through course work, students learn how to help clients overcome physical and emotional challenges.

“There’s smell and movement and touch and all the different vestibular purposive input that they’re getting when they’re on the horseback,” said Mansfield.

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