Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

Degree Level



Animal Science


Jogan, Kathi

Committee Member/Reader

Whitehead, Isabel

Committee Member/Second Reader

Coffey, Ken


This study aimed to explore and gather information on the benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to college-aged students so that the information may be given to college students as an educational source and a mental health relief resource. This study strived to explore, through the lens of managers of EAAT organizations and their coworkers, how EAAT has positively affected college-aged students, including those with PTSD, behavioral problems, communication obstacles, Down syndrome, family differences, abusive relationships, depression, anxiety, and/or physical ailments. As a whole, EAAT is viewed as more of a recreational activity rather than a method of therapy. Insurance companies do not provide funds that completely cover the cost of sessions. Not having funds for EAAT leads to many not being able to choose it as an option for treatment. Even though insurance may pay for the mental health professional during the session, it does not cover the outside costs associated with EAAT. This creative project highlighted stories as reported by EAAT professionals that revealed the positive impact that EAAT can have on college-aged students and people of all ages and walks of life. This information was presented in a format that can be used by college-aged students to introduce the benefits of EAAT as they walk through the mental health challenges and the typical stressors experienced by this age group


equine, therapy, equine therapy, human and animal interaction