Schools that offer training equine therapy as part of a degree program include the University of New Hampshire, Texas Tech University and Ohio University. These programs are recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
Other schools include Waubonsee Community College and Arkansas State University.
Equine therapy is treatment to promote emotional and physical growth for people with hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, cerebral palsy, depression and other mental and behavioural issues. It uses horses because of their similarities with humans in terms of social and responsive behaviors. Equine therapy horses can be of any breed, but all must be especially calm, gentle and even-tempered.