Equuvation Inc.

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As a Certified Equine Specialist [ESMHL] -or- Therapeutic Riding Instructor [CTRI]

We are often seeking qualified equine professionals to join our team as volunteers and independent contractors. Amenities include the ability to work with clients in a beautiful, private outdoor setting less than one hour from Charlotte, Mooresville, Hickory and Winston-Salem, in a dynamic and growing industry.

The Equine Specialist (ES) is responsible for the physical welfare of clients, activity planning and co-facilitation in session. The ES works directly alongside the Mental Health Professional to plan, execute and debrief sessions in a way that supports the client’s therapeutic goals. The ES must be a skilled horseman and facilitator with the maturity and professionalism required in a behavioral health setting.  

ESMHL Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • In-depth understanding of mental health disability.

  • Demonstration of natural horsemanship/handling skills commensurate with at least a Parelli Level One.

  • Certification as an Equine Specialist by either PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and/or EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)

  • Natural Lifemanship training within twelve (12) months of beginning the position.

  • Certification as a PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor considered a plus.

  • Passionate about the efficacy of animal assisted therapies.

  • Motivated to develop new programming.

  • Able to perform basic farm maintenance duties including mucking, feeding, grooming, animal care including non-equines.

  • Able to work closely to co-facilitate treatment with a licensed Mental Health Professional.

  • Interested in continuing education in this swiftly evolving field.

  • Great communication skills


The Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) is responsible for the physical welfare of clients, activity planning and co-facilitation in session. The ES works directly alongside the Mental Health Professional to plan, execute and debrief sessions in a way that supports the client’s therapeutic goals. The ES must be a skilled horseman and facilitator with the maturity and professionalism required in a behavioral health setting.  

CTRI Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Understanding of physical, emotional and cognitive special needs

  • Demonstrate basic riding skills in any discipline

  • Demonstration of natural horsemanship/handling skills commensurate with at least a Parelli Level One.

  • Certification as a TRI/CTRI by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and/or EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)

  • Natural Lifemanship training within twelve (12) months of beginning the position.

  • Passionate about the efficacy of animal assisted therapies.

  • Motivated to develop new programming.

  • Able to perform basic farm maintenance duties including mucking, feeding, grooming, animal care including non-equines.

  • Able and willing to work closely with Program Director and team of volunteers.

  • Interested in continuing education in this swiftly evolving field.

  • Great communication skills


If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to equuvationinc@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Equuvation Inc. is a Member Center of PATH Intl. – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International; and is home to two PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors [CTRI], three Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning [ESMHL]. Please refer to our Credentials for additional training and certifications that we recommend or may require depending on the role one is seeking.


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