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  1. Reducing Anxiety and Stress among Youth in a CBT-Based Equine-Assisted Adaptive Riding Program

    Contributor(s):: Hoagwood, K., Vincent, A., Acri, M., Morrissey, M., Seibel, L., Guo, F., Flores, C., Seag, D., Peth Pierce, R., Horwitz, S.

    Reining in Anxiety (RiA) is a therapeutic program for youth with mild to moderate anxiety delivered in a therapeutic riding setting by Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. RiA was developed after a review of the evidence base for youth anxiety, is manualized, and includes five core CBT...

  2. Analysis of Trunk Neuromuscular Activation During Equine-Assisted Therapy in Older Adults

    Contributor(s):: de Mello, E. C., Diniz, L. H., Lage, J. B., Ribeiro, M. F., Bevilacqua Junior, D. E., Rosa, R. C., Cardoso, F. A. G., Ferreira, A. A., Ferraz, M. L. F., Teixeira, V. P. A., Espindula, A. P.

  3. Preliminary efficacy of occupational therapy in an equine environment for youth with autism spectrum disorder

    Contributor(s):: Peters, B. Caitlin, Wood, Wendy, Hepburn, Susan, Moody, Eric J.

  4. The Effects of Animal- Assisted Therapy on the Health and Well- Being of Military Veterans: A Systematic Scoping Review and Recommendations for Future Research

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    | Contributor(s):: Brooke Fonseka, Fiona Marshall, Laura J. Edwards

    Veterans of the armed forces may have experienced a range of physical and psychological traumas during their service, which can lead to long-standing problems with health and well-being, sometimes compounded with challenges accessing and engaging with support. Animal-assisted therapies (AAT)...

  5. Palatka Pastures

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    The Palatka Pastures mission is to enhance the lives of those with various physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges by offering various equine horse therapy programs in a safe and supportive environment.

  6. Pegasus Springs Therapeutic Riding Center

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    The mission of Pegasus Springs Therapeutic Riding Center is to provide hope, healing, growth, and respite to children and adults affected by cognitive, physical, traumatic & emotional disabilities within the entire Northeast / North Central Michigan area and beyond, utilizing credentialed...

  7. North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA)

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    NOTRA is a non-profit, registered charity that provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding lessons, therapeutic natural horsemanship lessons, therapeutic driving lessons, and other equine related programs for children and adults with special needs in the North Okanagan and Shuswap areas.

  8. Self-Regulation Mediates Therapeutic Horseback Riding Social Functioning Outcomes in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Peters, B. C., Pan, Z., Christensen, H., Gabriels, R. L.

    Emerging evidence suggests therapeutic horseback riding improves self-regulation behaviors, social functioning, and language in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It has been theorized that interacting with horses is calming for youth with ASD, which may influence social and language...

  9. Role and Effects of Hippotherapy in the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: María José Menor-Rodríguez, Mar Sevilla Martín, Juan Carlos Sánchez-García, María Montiel-Troya, Jonathan Cortés-Martín, Raquel Rodríguez-Blanque

    Cerebral palsy is described as a group of permanent neuromotor-type disorders caused by non-progressive injuries in the developmental stages of the central nervous system, and which have serious repercussions on the quality of life of affected children due to the physical and psychological...

  10. Bit by Bit

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    Bit by Bit provides a safe, regularly scheduled equine experience for individuals with special needs. We use equestrian activities to engage the bodies, minds, and spirits of people facing challenges in their lives. Certified professional instructors, trained volunteers, and skilled...

  11. Effect of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies on Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Suk, M. H., Kwon, J. Y.

  12. Health, Wellness, and Ecological Impacts of Horse Therapy for Special Needs Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Sulkowski

    The benefits of horse therapy for special needs children have been documented for centuries, but direct experience and perspective from special needs children and their families involved in horse therapy are missing from the literature. The purpose of this study was to enhance understanding on...

  13. AppleJack Therapy

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    AppleJack Therapy was started in 2015 by sisters Emily and Anna Hoffmann seeking to spread happiness and laughter through the companionship of a miniature horse while raising awareness of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  Anna has been living with EDS type III hypermobility her entire life. EDS is...

  14. Equine Facilitated Mental Health Services and Social Adjustment in Adolescents on Probation

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Idzerda

    Little quantitative research has been done to verify claims that the use of horses in Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Education Services has an impact on the clients’ emotional and mental wellbeing. This study was created to determine if participation in six months of weekly...

  15. Alternative Therapies for People with Special Needs: An Emphasis on Animal-Assisted Therapies

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Hamilton

    This paper contains research examining the effectiveness of alternative therapies - play therapy, art therapy, music therapy, horticulture therapy, and animal-assisted therapies – in helping various special needs populations. The focus of this research was on animal-assisted therapies...

  16. The Scientific Advancement of Two Nature-Based Interventions for People with Dementia: Adaptive Riding and Adaptive Gardening

    | Contributor(s):: Lassell, Rebecca K. F.

  17. Parental Perception of Changes in Basic Life Needs of Children with Disabilities after Six Months of Therapeutic Horseback Riding: A Qualitative Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert Lovrić, Nikolina Farčić, Štefica Mikšić, Aleksandra Gvozdanović Debeljak

    Therapeutic horseback riding (THR) has a positive effect on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning of children with disabilities. Parents’ reports of the effects of THR on their children support professionals in individualizing the THR program. With this qualitative study,...

  18. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: A Transformational Path to Emotional Wellness for U.S. Military Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Cathy Powalski

    Purpose. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore and describe the impact of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) on the reintegration of wounded veterans into civilian life as perceived by wounded U.S. military veterans participating in...

  19. Equine-Assisted Services for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Systematic Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Helmer, Anne, Wechsler, Tamar, Gilboa, Yafit

    Objective: This systematic review evaluated equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAATs), formerly referred to as equine-assisted services (EAS), in children and youth (ages 6–18 years) with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the International...

  20. Bright Strides Art & Equine Therapy

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    Bright Strides is an innovative program developed at The Grateful Pony Horse Farm in East Haddam, Connecticut that combines the symbiotic, therapeutic benefits of equine therapy with art and other holistic therapies, as well as evidenced-based psychotherapy, creating an integrative approach to...