Case studies of adults receiving horse-riding therapy
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Burgon, H.
The purpose of this study was to examine the psychotherapeutic effect of riding therapy (RT) on a group of adult users of a social services mental health team in South Devon. The benefits of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and pet ownership on human health and well-being were well-documented....
Improvements in muscle symmetry in children with cerebral palsy after equine-assisted therapy (hippotherapy)
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Benda, W., McGibbon, N. H., Grant, K. L.
Equine-Assisted Activities for Adolescents: ethogram-based behavioral analysis of persistence during horse-related tasks and communication patterns with the horse
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Hilde Hauge, Ingela L. Kvalem, Ingeborg Pedersen, Bjarne O. Braastad
Earlier studies have indicated that learning to handle a horse through tasks and activities can lead to a feeling of mastery which may have an impact on self-efficacy. The aim of this study was to examine how adolescents conducted horse-related tasks presented to them in an intervention in a...
Randomized trial examines effects of equine facilitated learning on adolescents' basal cortisol levels
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Patricia Pendry, Annelise N. Smith, Stephanie M. Roeter
Although equine facilitated programs have gained in popularity over the last decade, virtually nothing is known about the causal effects of equine facilitated interventions on human development and well-being. Researchers conducted a randomized trial to determine the effects of an 11-week...
Equine assisted social work as a mean for authentic relations between clients and staff
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Catharina Carlsson, Daniel Nilsson Ranta, Bente Traeen
The purpose of this study was to explore, by qualitative methods, the meaning of equine-assisted social work (EASW) both to young women with self-harm problems and their staff in residential treatment. Data were collected by in-depth interviews with eight staff members and nine clients....
Equine-assisted intervention for people with dementia
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Dabelko-Schoeny, H., Phillips, G., Darrough, E., Deanna, S., Jarden, M., Johnson, D., Lorch, G.
The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of using guided interactions with horses as a nonpharmaceutical intervention to improve the physiological and behavioral states of persons with dementia. A convenience sample of persons with dementia was...
The life-changing power of the horse: Equine-assisted activities and therapies in the U.S.
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Erika L. Berg, Amy Causey
Throughout the centuries, the horse and human relationship has evolved from one of sustenance to one of partnership. Historically, the idea of horses being partnered with humans in a therapeutic capacity is evident from writings of the ancient Greeks to documentation by European physicians and...
Equine-facilitated psychotherapy: practice, theory, and empirical knowledge [Theory]
Book Sections | Contributor(s): Bachi, K., Parish-Plass, N.
The impact of an equine facilitated learning program on youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): P. Erdman, D. Miller, S. Jacobson
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of an equine facilitated learning program on youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who were paired with typically developing peers. Even though there has been an increasing interest in the field of animal assisted interventions and the...
The Helping Horse: How Equine Assisted Learning Contributes to the Wellbeing of First Nations Youth in Treatment for Volatile Substance Misuse
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Adams, C., Arratoon, C., Boucher, J., Cartier, G., Chalmers, D., Dell, C. A., Dell, D., Dryka, D., Duncan, R., Dunn, K., Hopkins, C., Longclaws, L., MacKinnon, T., Sauve, E., Spence, S., Wuttunee, M.
There has been recent interest in Canada exploring the benefits of equine assisted interventions in the treatment of First Nations youth who misuse volatile substances. Using the richness of an exploratory case study involving the White Buffalo Youth Inhalant Treatment Centre and the Cartier...
Research on hippotherapy effects in children with disabilities
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Z. Marchis, C. Raducu, D. Ladosi, E. Jurco, A. Coroian, C.O. Coroian, L. Prata, S. Jurco
This paper presents a study on the interaction of children with special needs and horses, which attempts to demonstrate the effects of hippotherapy in helping children with disabilities. The research was conducted on a group of 20 children with disabilities who participated in this type of...
Evaluating Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Empirical Illustration of Differences between Outcome Measures
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): van der Steen, S., Heineman, M. M. P., Ernst, M. J. A.
Emotional Transfer in Human-Horse Interaction: New Perspectives on Equine Assisted Interventions
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Scopa, C., Contalbrigo, L., Greco, A., Lanata, A., Scilingo, E. P., Baragli, P.
Equine assisted interventions (EAIs) include all therapeutic interventions aimed at improving human wellbeing through the involvement of horses. Due to the prominent emotional involvement traditionally characterizing their relation with humans, horses developed sophisticated communicative...
Behavioural and physiological responses of therapy horses to mentally traumatized humans
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Merkies, Katrina, McKechnie, Marnie J., Zakrajsek, Emily
The benefits to humans of equine-assisted therapy (EAT) have been well-researched, however few studies have analyzed the effects on the horse. Understanding how differing mental states of humans affect the behaviour and response of the horse can assist in providing optimal outcomes for both horse...
Adolescents' Affective and Physiological Regulation Shape Negative Behavior During Challenging Equine Assisted Learning Activities
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Patricia Pendry, Alexa M. Carr, Jaymie L. Vandagriff
This study examined associations between adolescents’ (N = 59; M age = 11.63) diurnal and momentary activity of the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) axis as marked by salivary cortisol, and affective and behavioral responses to their first, mounted equine assisted learning (EAL)...
The Effectiveness of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Roberts, Hanna, Honzel, Nikki
Adolescents with serious emotional disturbances (SED) are a particularly difficult population to treat owing to high comorbidity rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and behavioral conduct disorders. The current study compared the effectiveness of equine-facilitated psychotherapy...
The Impact of Equine-Assisted Therapy on Equine Behavioral and Physiological Responses
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tiago Mendonça, Cécile Bienboire-Frosini, Fanny Menuge, Julien Leclercq, Céline Lafont-Lecuelle, Sana Arroub, Patrick Pageat
Equine-assisted therapies (EATs) have been widely used in the treatment of patients with mental or physical conditions. However, studies on the influence of equine-assisted therapy (EAT) on equine welfare are very recent, and the need for further research is often highlighted. The aim of this...
The Translation of Movement From the Equine to Rider With Relevance for Hippotherapy
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Donaldson, M. C., Holter, A. M., Neuhoff, S., Arnosky, J. A., Simpson, B. W., Vernon, K., Blob, R. W., DesJardins, J. D.
Behavioral and Physiological Effects of Equine-assisted Early Intervention for Mother- Child Dyads with Insecure Attachment
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Denise V. Hebesberger, Andrea Beetz, Kurt Kotrschal
Animals, including horses may be valuable partners in many activities, pedagogy and therapy. Contact between humans and animals can facilitate an oxytocin secretion that, as a consequence, may alleviates stress-responses, increases social orientation and that supports attachment and caregiving....
Does Long-term Equine Assisted Learning have an Effect on Childhood Weight Management?
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): HE Battisti, FL Battisti, R McAbee
Gait and Gross Motor Improvements in a Two-Year-Old Child With Arthrogryposis After Hippotherapy Intervention Using a Norwegian Fjord
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Heidi A. Brady, C. Roger James, Doug W. Dendy, Tangi A. Irwin, Colleen A. Swiacki, Leslie D. Thomspon, Tammy M. Camp, Hyung Suk Yang, Kinyata J. Cooper
A 2-year-old child with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) was prescribed occupational therapy using hippotherapy intervention. Multiple joint contractures present at birth affecting joint function are characteristics of AMC. Twenty-five 30-min hippotherapy sessions were conducted. The...
Effect of Equine-Assisted Activities on Social and Sensory Functioning of Children with Autism
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Drew C. Coman, Margaret P. Bass, Michael Alessandri, Christine S. Ghilain, Maria M. Llabre
Effects of Equine-Assisted Therapy on Gross Motor Skills of Two Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Single-Subject Research Study
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Brett Lindsay Hawkins, Joseph B Ryan, A Lynne Cory, Meredith C Donaldson
An Exploration of the Mechanism of Action of an Equine-Assisted Intervention
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Ann Hemingway, Sid Carter, Andrew Callaway, Emma Kavanagh, Shelley Ellis
Though long alluded to, there is now an accumulation of evidence of the vital contribution that emotion makes to learning. Within this broad advance in understanding is a growing body of research emphasising the embodied nature of this emotion-based learning. The study presented here is a pilot...
The Effects of Equine Assisted Therapy on Plasma Cortisol and Oxytocin Concentrations and Heart Rate Variability in Horses and Measures of Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Karyn Malinowski, Chi Yee, Jenni M. Tevlin, Eric K. Birks, Mary M. Durando, Hossein Pournajafi-Nazarloo, Alan A. Cavaiola, Kenneth H. McKeever
Attachment Theory and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy for Vietnam Veterans
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Laura Meyer, Ann Sartori
Changes in Motor Skill Proficiency After Equine-Assisted Activities and Brain-Building Tasks in Youth With Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): B. Rhett Rigby, Ronald W. Davis, Melissa D. Bittner, Robin W. Harwell, Eileen J. Leek, Geoban A. Johnson, David L. Nichols
There is a lack of current research to support the efficacy of a combination of equine-assisted activities (EAA) and brain building activities to influence motor skill competencies in youth with neurodevelopmental disorders (ND). The primary objective of this study was to quantify changes in...
Communitas and Friluftsliv: equine-facilitated activities for drug users
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann
A green care farm creates a temporal “thrown-togetherness”. Farm-based welfare services provide contact with animals and nature, supportive environments, social acceptance, fellowship with other participants, and meaningful activities. Most green care farms in Norway have horses,...