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'Queen of the world': Experiences of 'at-risk' young people participating in equine-assisted learning/therapy

By Hannah Louise Burgon

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There is a significant body of research into the benefits of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) but less into the fields known as equine-assisted learning and therapy (EAL/EAT) where horses are incorporated in therapeutic and learning interventions. This paper explores the experiences of seven ‘at-risk’ young people who participated in a therapeutic horsemanship (TH) programme. The study followed a practice-near approach seeking to capture the young people’s experiences within a participative ethnography. Themes related to the risk and resilience literature such as self-confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and a sense of mastery, empathy and the opening of positive opportunities are explored in this paper. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Publication Title Journal of Social Work Practice
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 165-183
ISBN/ISSN 0265-0533
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/02650533.2011.561304
Author Address Burgon, Hannah Louise, Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences , Cardiff, United Kingdom, hannahburgon@hotmail.com
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. At risk
  3. Client Attitudes
  4. Experience
  5. Hippotherapy
  6. Horses
  7. Interspecies interactions
  8. Learning
  9. Mental health programs
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Therapeutic horsemanship
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