SUNY Cobleskill to introduce aspiring Denver-area students to New York’s only Therapeutic Horsemanship degree program.

SUNY Cobleskill’s acclaimed Therapeutic Horsemanship Program will participate in the 2019 Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH INTL.) Conference and Annual Meeting November 8-10 in Denver. As PATH celebrates its 50th anniversary, SUNY Cobleskill Associate Professor and PATH INTL. Master Certified Instructor Marny Mansfield will join the conference’s opening panel, “Busting the Stereotype: PATH INTL. at 50.” Mansfield will also co-present a session titled “Process to Product: Rider Solutions.”

SUNY Cobleskill is one of only 12 recognized PATH INTL. Higher Education Member institutions, and the first and only in the NY-NJ-CT tristate area. Students enrolled in the Therapeutic Horsemanship program acquire foundational knowledge of subjects including equine science, special education, psychology, sociology, business, and recreation and sport. Graduates earn the required number of teaching hours needed to apply for PATH INTL. instructor certification as part of their education.

Since launching its Bachelor of Technology in Therapeutic Horsemanship in 2015, SUNY Cobleskill students and graduates have completed a range of professional internships. These span both the equine science and therapeutic components of the program – in riding instruction, leadership, counselling, equine instruction, and physical, cognitive, and emotional therapies. Enrolled students have accepted positions across the country, in Washington, Kentucky, and Wyoming. Graduates have transitioned into higher-level study programs in disciplines such as early childhood, occupational therapy, and animal science.

“The success our students and graduates are finding is indicative of the growth of our field,” says Mansfield. “Some are pursuing careers that focus more on training and equine management. Others target jobs in the equine-assisted activities field, including volunteer management, program administration, leadership, and instructor positions. The collaborations we have launched and the programs we participate in cover the whole range of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Our network is expanding, and we are eager to continue our growth.”

SUNY Cobleskill Admissions counselors will be available to meet with aspiring students at Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center and Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center on November 7, and during the PATH INTL. conference, November 8 – 10.

SUNY Cobleskill currently partners with Albany Stratton VA Medical Center on a program that brings veterans to campus for groundwork (unmounted) programming with horses. Sessions include trust-building and equine communication exercises. The partnership, called “Equine Experience Program in Collaboration with SUNY Cobleskill” is one of 31 initiatives nationwide to have recently earned support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as part of the VA Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program.

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As a fellow of the Institute for Rural Vitality, SUNY Cobleskill Assistant Equine Manager Emma Paden brings equine-assisted activities to the surrounding communities through “The Pony Project.” Paden is collaborating with Senior Institute Fellow Dr. Gail Wentworth to deliver equine-assisted activities sessions to participants of the “Generations Together” intergenerational support program.

Additionally, Therapeutic Horsemanship student Lauren Longtoe has earned a scholarship to attend the conference, and student Sarah Ryan will be sharing her survey research during the pre-conference session, “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth: An Equine Manager’s Guide to Assessing and Accepting Trial Horses.” They will join Mansfield, Paden, eight additional SUNY Cobleskill Therapeutic Horsemanship students, and College alumni at the conference. More information about SUNY Cobleskill’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, initiatives, and Equine Center/facilities is available here.

SUNY Cobleskill Admissions counselors will be available at the following:

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

11968 Mineral Rd. Longmont, CO 80504

Thu. November 7 at 4:00pm

Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center 

163 N. CR 29 – Loveland, CO  80537

Thu. November 7 at 5:30pm

PATH INTL. Conference 

The Westin Westminster

10600 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, CO 80020

November 8 – November 10, throughout the conference