Twelve psychology students enrolled in Psychology 390: Animal Assisted Therapies each completed eight hours of service and experiential learning activities at Red River Equestrian Center north of Moorhead this summer.

Students learned about what goes into taking care of therapy horses, observed a special needs riding lesson and learned about horse communication and herd behavior. Students also had the opportunity to engage in their own hands-on experiences with the therapy horses. Therapy horses Manly, Rosie and Sophie helped students engage in group problem solving to put a bridle onto a horse head and were available to be groomed and led around by students.

For those interested in learning more about service and experiential learning opportunities, please visit the Center for Engaged Learning or email the interim center director, Dr. Edwards, at sarah.edwards@mnstate.edu.