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  1. Effects of Equine Interaction on Mutual Autonomic Nervous System Responses and Interoception in a Learning Program for Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Lisa Walters, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden

    Equine-assisted learning (EAL) may improve the health of older adults, but scientific data are sparse. This study investigated whether people aged 55 and older show increased heart rate variability (HRV) during EAL and awareness of bodily sensations that are overall pleasant. Subjects (n =...

  2. The Integration of Choice Theory and Equine-Assisted Therapy within Adolescent Addiction Treatment

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    | Contributor(s):: William Leigh Atherton

    Adolescent substance use and misuse continues to rise in the United States of America. Psychological, behavioral, and physical health comorbid with substance use concerns is rising commensurate with illicit drug use. Traditional or standard treatment approaches have varying levels of efficacy,...

  3. Horse Wisdom for the Human World | Tracy Weber | TEDxSVSU

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    | Contributor(s):: Tracy Weber

    Horse wisdom can inspire humans to engage authentically in ways which nurture self awareness, empathy, compassion, transforming our own lives, our organizations, our communities and the world. Tracy Weber, Ph.D. is a recognized leader in equine-assisted learning (EAL), a university professor,...

  4. Heart of Horse Sense

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        Heart of Horse Sense was initially founded to support quality, professional trauma-informed equine therapy services for Veterans, First Responders, At-Risk Youth & their families. Our mission has expanded now to include all survivors of trauma. Our vision is that...

  5. The Horse as a Therapist: Effects of an Equine Program Without "Therapy" on the Attention and Behavior of Youth Disengaged from Traditional School

    | Contributor(s):: Norwood, M. F., Lakhani, A., Maujean, A., Downes, M., Fullagar, S., Barber, B. L., Kendall, E.

  6. Equine assisted learning with special populations

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    | Contributor(s):: Hanna Baus

    This paper explores the use of equine-assisted learning (EAL) activities with special populations and includes a program evaluation for two equine-assisted learning programs developed and conducted by HeartStrides, a non-profit organization in the Pacific Northwest. The study included two...

  7. Exploring the Professional Development of MFT Students Enrolled in Equine Assisted Family Therapy Coursework: An Experiential Learning Modality

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    | Contributor(s):: Rothman, Natalie

    Equine assisted activities have been utilized in various manners with multiple populations in therapeutic and educational environments. A graduate level marriage and family therapy program in South Florida is currently offering Equine Assisted Relational Learning (EARL) activities focused on...

  8. Tamarack Farm Horsepowerment

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    HorsePowerment, LLC is an organization committed to enhancing communication and leadership skills to our business participants and individuals through tailored equine assisted learning programs.

  9. Arabian Rescue Therapy

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    Arabian Rescue Therapy's (ART) Mission is to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT) and Horsesight™ to clients incorporating Arabian and half-Arabian horses that have also experienced trauma.

  10. Country Heart Farm

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    Country Heart Farm's mission is to facilitate growth, learning, wellness, and healing for children and adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds by providing therapeutic equine assisted psychotherapy and integrative educational programs.

  11. Tender Little Hearts

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    Tender Little Hearts was conceived as an equine therapy outreach program for children and adults.  We aspire to create an environment where every horse is given a purpose to enrich a human life, bring joy and comfort, and leave every person with a reason to smile. ‚Äč This corporation was...

  12. Optimal Terminology for Services in the United States That Incorporate Horses to Benefit People: A Consensus Document

    | Contributor(s):: Wood, W., Alm, K., Benjamin, J., Thomas, L., Anderson, D., Pohl, L., Kane, M.

  13. Human-Animal Interaction and Metaphor in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Empirical Support for the EAGALA Model

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    | Contributor(s):: Angela K. Fournier, Elizabeth A. Letson, Thomas D. Berry, Emma Leigh Pasiuk

    Research was conducted on equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning (EAP), aimed at identifying and examining process variables. A total of 112 men and women participated in a correlational study, permitting the use of self-report data from EAP sessions within the model of the Equine-Assisted...

  14. The Effects of Equine Assisted Learning on Emotional Intelligence Competencies and Leadership Skills

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    | Contributor(s):: Jade E. Rauen

    Since the development and understanding of the term emotional intelligence (EI), researchers and businessmen alike have strived to find a way to improve EI competencies. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is a branch of Equine Therapy that uses the horse to facilitate change in humans. In recent...

  15. The Effects of Equine Assisted Leadership Programs on Perceived Professional Development Outcomes

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    | Contributor(s):: Leigh Anne Pentecost

    The purpose of this causal-comparative study was to compare the mean scores of the survey instrument to determine if there were statistically significant differences between the mean pre-test and post-test scores of perceived professional development obtained by participants of the Equine...

  16. Workhorse: The Horsemanship of Business | Alexandra Moran | TEDxValparaisoUniversity

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Moran

    "Workhorse: The Horsemanship of Business" explores the power of equine assisted learning, or EAL. EAL is a method to weave the world of horses and their herds into the corporate and personal landscape, and to explore traits, techniques, and skills that humans and horses share. Through...

  17. The experiences of adolescents in residential care participating in equine assisted learning

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    | Contributor(s):: Louise Fischer

    High-risk behaviour among adolescents places heavy burdens on the public health, social welfare and criminal justice systems of many countries. Today, Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is increasingly used as an adjunct and experiential intervention programme to support the learning and personal...

  18. Adolescents' Affective and Physiological Regulation Shape Negative Behavior During Challenging Equine Assisted Learning Activities

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    | 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)...

  19. Hope Thru Hooves

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    Utilizing the unique strength and power of the horse and it’s herd dynamics; our goal is to educate, mentor, empower and strengthen relationship/life skills in people of all ages. Individuals, families, groups and organizations can all benefit from our equine assisted activities. 

  20. Parents' and facilitators' perceptions of children with autism spectrum disorder in an equine-assisted learning programme

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Butt

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) currently affects an estimated 1:68 children globally and is the second most common disability worldwide. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by abnormal social behaviour, delays in language, sensory processing difficulties and restricted and...