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  1. Horses with H.E.A.R.T.

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Horses with Heart had a very humble beginning in 1993 when Vickie Stuart’s dream to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in therapeutic and recreational horseback riding came true. She held riding sessions on weekends and during school breaks at the S Bar...

  2. Horses Help Heroes

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Horses Help serves the special needs and at risk community by using horses and people to improve quality of life. Our vision for the future is to provide the special needs community a therapeutic and recreational equine environment where collaborative efforts of like minded organizations...

  3. Horse Rhythm Foundation

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    HRF’s programs help active military, veterans, and first responders find their transition into healing using equine assisted services, ultimately supporting them and giving them back freedom and independence.

  4. STRIDE (Southcentral Therapeutic Riding, Inc.)

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

     “Through a special partnership with horses, South-central Therapeutic Riding offers a holistic approach to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with special health needs.”

  5. Society for Canine-Assisted Psychotherapy Excellence (SCAPE)

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    The Society for Canine Assisted Psychotherapy Excellence (SCAPE) is a society of mental health professionals, canine professionals and organizations that promote ethical guidelines and standards of practice when conducting canine assisted psychotherapy.   We provide education and...

  6. Benefe Equine Assisted Therapy Center

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Benefe exists to enrich the community by improving the quality of life and the health of children and adults having challenging physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse.

  7. Equine-Facilitated Counselling and Women With Eating Disorders: Articulating Bodily Experience

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Disordered eating is on the rise and our current conceptualization and treatment of such problems neglects a corporeal-relational understanding in favour of a more cognitive approach. In this hermeneutic phenomenological study, I explore the experiences of fourteen women with eating disorders...

  8. They Say Emotional Support Dog, We Say Service Dog: Why the Americans with Disabilities Act Should Recognize Emotional Support Dogs as Service Animals

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    This article explores the laws surrounding emotional support animals. Specifically, the author analyzes the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act. This article proposes that emotional support animals should be recognized under federal legislation...

  9. Therapy dogs on campus: An exploration of how dog therapy services affect undergraduate students' stress levels

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    Conference Papers | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    University can be stressful for many undergraduates. Fortunately, there are various stress reduction strategies, including weekly dog therapy sessions, offered at Thompson Rivers University. This study investigated the effects of dog therapy on students via a self-reported stress survey....

  10. Heroes and Horses

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Heroes and Horses is a Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD. Our program utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, coupled with human and...

  11. Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    At Leaps & Bounds, we provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services for children of all ages in the Inland Empire and Orange County who are at risk for, or who have difficulty participating in typical, age appropriate activities. Our therapists are highly...

  12. Effect of hippotherapy in the global motor coordination in individuals with Down Syndrome

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Introduction: Down syndrome (DS) of all genetic syndromes is the most common. In Hippotherapy, three-dimensional movements, provided by horse walking, awaken in the body of children with DS a large amount of sensory and neuromuscular stimuli, which directly interfere with overall development...

  13. Little Horses Big Smiles

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Little Horses Big Smiles is an all volunteer 501c3 non profit that provides animal assisted therapy and activities to various type of health facilities, schools, and other special events. ​Charlie (The STAR) is a 2.5 year old miniature horse. Charlie and I are a registered animal assisted...

  14. Animals 4 Therapy

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that provides therapy animals for visits.

  15. Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Pegasus Therapeutic Riding - All Special Needs, All Ages - is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization based in Palm Desert, California. Started in 1981, its equine therapy program was developed and improved between 1986 and 1996 and then expanded.

  16. Touching Smiles Equine Therapy

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Touching Smiles Equine Therapy, Inc. is a 501(c)3 recognized nonprofit organization that brings miniature horses to children and adults. Through direct contact with these wonderfully perceptive creatures, we see increased self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-control. It has been shown that...

  17. Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Exploration of the Adult Client's Experience of Individual Psychotherapy with the Assistance of a Dog

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

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  18. Encountering the Other: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Horse/Human Interaction

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    This thesis asks how and why a serendipitous and spontaneous personal encounter with a being from another species created an ongoing bond. Through the lens of three intersecting disciplines: environmental studies, animal behaviour and health science, I explore how the horse, over time, has gone...

  19. Impact of an animal-assisted therapy programme on physiological and psychosocial variables of paediatric oncology patients

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    The objective of this study was to propose an intervention and safety protocol for performing animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and evaluating its efficacy in children under outpatient oncological treatment based on psychological, physiological, and quality of life indicators for the children and...

  20. Medicine Horse Program

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Medicine Horse Program enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses.Medicine Horse Program is a 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of adolescents, adults and families...