The present meta-analysis examined the efficacy of equine therapy among an at-risk youth population. Seven studies quantitatively assessed the treatment effects following involvement in an equine therapy program. The random effects model was used to aggregate each study into an overall effect size. Seven effect sizes were included in the pre-versus post-comparison analysis. The results indicate a medium effect size (g = 0.714, p < 0.001, 95% CI [0.364, 1.064]). Five effect sizes were included in the treat-ment versus control comparison analysis. The results also indicate a medium effect size (g = 0.402, p = 0.002, 95% C.I. [0.149, 0.655]). Lack of consis-tently reported study variables across studies was a limitation that resulted in the inability to run moderator analyses. However, the results indicate that equine therapy is a viable alternative to conventional intervention strategies among at-risk youth.
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