For more information on breeds, horse care, & equestrian sports, head to Cave Horsemanship.

For information on Equine Therapy (EAP & Hippotherapy), click here

Equine-Assisted Activities(EAA) include therapeutic riding, therapeutic driving, and interactive vaulting. These activities are led by a certified instructor, not a licensed therapist. Equine-assisted activities are designed to meet a client’s therapeutic goals (social engagement, strength, etc.) by using riding, driving, or vaulting.

Certified Instructors and Centers
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Centers with a CTRS
National Ability Center
Southern Reins
Local Center
Specialized Equine Services at Giant City Stables

American Vaulting Association
Coaching Certification:
CHA Vaulting Coach Certification
PATH-Interactive Vaulting Certification
USEF Network
Training & Equipment:
Pegasus Vaulting Supply
Skyline Equine


EAL is different from other equine-assisted activities. It uses natural horsemanship principles to encourage personal growth and leadership development. EAL sessions usually include unmounted groundwork, but riding can also be used depending on the abilities and goals of the client.

You will want to have a good understanding of natural horsemanship/parelli if you plan on using EAL to meet client treatment goals. Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) is a structured/leveled program designed to teach horse behavior and training that works with the horse.

You will also need to be certified in EAL (must be an educator or mental health practitioner) or as a Riding Instructor. For more information go here.

Certifications for EAL
Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
PATH Mental Health
EAL Organizations
Heroes and Horses
Natural Horsemanship
Buck Brannaman
Chris Cox
Mark Rashid
Martin Black
Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Riding Instructor Certifications
Certified Horsemanship Association


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