UNH Will Continue Community Therapeutic Riding Program
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
August 19, 2009
The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) recently announced it will continue to offer the Community Therapeutic Riding Program (CTRP), which adapts equine activities to allow for participation of riders over the age of five with cognitive, physical and emotional challenges.
In addition, the program gives UNH students the opportunity for hands-on training in the field of therapeutic riding and works to create an environment which integrates members of the disabled and able-bodied communities.
After careful review of the program that serves approximately 70 clients each year since 1989, COLSA Dean Tom Brady agreed to continue the program provided the animal science department work to more closely integrate it into the equine option of the major, and that the program work towards being 100 percent self supporting. Currently the college covers approximately half of the cost through in-kind contributions, including horses, staff and fields.
“It was clear from the review that the Community Therapeutic Riding Program contributes significantly to the university’s outreach mission as well as its teaching mission by serving as the lab section for two academic courses in the therapeutic riding track in equine sciences,” said Brady.