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  1. The Effects of Hippotherapy on Standing Balance in Patients with Incomplete Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries: A Pilot Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Bo-Ra Choi, Ju-Hyun Kim, Jeong-Uk Lee, Junghwan Kim

    The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of hippotherapy on standing balance in patients with incomplete cervical spinal cord injuries. Ten patients (8 men and 2 women) who were diagnosed with cervical levels of injury between 3 and 6, and D according to the ASIA Impairment Scale....

  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. EmpoweRanch

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    EmpoweRanch provides educational and therapeutic outdoor recreation to improve quality of life for underserved communities in the Phoenix-metro area.

  4. Healing Winds

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    Crosswinds Stables is involved with Healing Winds, A Therapeutic Riding Center. We Have been involved in this program since 1989. Therapeutic riding is a combination of riding lessons, relaxation and play time. Therapeutic riding is now being recognized in the medical community, due to the...

  5. Equine Assisted Programs for Military Service Members: A Program Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis

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    | Contributor(s):: Taylor Hooker

    Developing research, anecdotal evidence and a growing focus on non-pharmacological interventions for veterans with post-traumatic stress support the use equine-therapy as a therapeutic outlet; however, programmatic factors that contribute to veteran’s desire to attend such programs are...

  6. Harmony Acres

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    Our vision is to create a community-based equestrian center where every individual can be offered the opportunity to connect with horses or other animals in a therapeutic environment. We believe animals can help bring out the best in everyone, and help us connect with our natural joy, strength,...

  7. Forever Amber

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    Our special needs horses provide emotional therapy to military veterans and others who suffer emotionally, through an EAGALA equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) program.  We advocate for animal welfare, providing rehabilitation and permanent retirement to horses and other animals...

  8. Is a mounted award ceremony in equestrian sport relevant to animal welfare?

    | Contributor(s):: Gehlen, H., Thöne-Reineke, C., Merle, R., Pichon, S., Linnenbrügger, H.

  9. Ways of Seeing Nonhuman Animals: Some Likened Zebras to Horses, Others to Asses

    | Contributor(s):: Heywood, Peter

  10. Limitations of Spatial Judgment Bias Test Application in Horses (Equus ferus caballus)

    | Contributor(s):: Marliani, Giovanna, Vannucchi, Irene, Kiumurgis, Irini, Accorsi, Pier Attilio

    Affective states are of increasing interest in the assessment of animal welfare. This research aimed to evaluate the possible limitations in the application of a spatial judgment bias test (JBT) in horses, considering the influence of stress level, personality traits, and the possible bias due to...

  11. Changes in Management, Welfare, Emotional State, and Human-Related Docility in Stallions

    | Contributor(s):: Popescu, Silvana, Lazar, Eva Andrea, Borda, Cristin, Blaga Petrean, Anamaria, Mitr─ânescu, Elena

    Despite an increase in awareness of their essential needs, many stallions continue to be kept in conditions limiting their social interactions and movement. To supplement the studies which highlight the effects of these practices on selected aspects of equine mental and physical wellbeing, we...

  12. Alternative Equine Therapy Helping Autistic Children | Mugur Pop | TEDxCambridgeSchoolofBucharest

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    | Contributor(s):: Mugur Pop

    “Descopera Natura” aims at developing and supporting equestrian tourism as an ecotouristic alternative for the protected natural and communitarian protected areas in Romania. The activity covers areas such as Muntii Macinului, Muntii Apuseni, Muntii Rodnei and Muntii Calimani, as...

  13. 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,...

  14. Generation of Domains for the Equine Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Outcome Score: Development by Expert Consensus

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    | Contributor(s):: Gillian Tabor, Kathryn Nankervis, John Fernandes, Jane Williams

    Outcome measures (OMs) are a requirement of professional practice standards in human and canine physiotherapy practice for measurement of health status. Measures such as pain and functional capacity of specific regions are used to track treatment impact and can be used to develop optimal...

  15. How horses heal, transform, and empower| Mindy Tatz Chernoff | TEDxWilmington

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    | Contributor(s):: Mindy Tatz Chernoff

    Mindy Tatz Chernoff is the founder of The Resonant Horse, an innovative approach to healing using horses as teachers and catalysts for change and transformation. Mindy recognizes how horses can aid in facilitating a sense of presence, authenticity and congruence in people. Within the safe...

  16. Difficulties experienced by veterinarians when communicating about emerging zoonotic risks with animal owners: the case of Hendra virus

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    | Contributor(s):: Diana H Mendez, Petra Büttner, Jenny Kelly, Madeleine Nowak, Rick Speare

    Background Communication skills are essential for veterinarians who need to discuss animal health related matters with their clients. When dealing with an emerging zoonosis, such as Hendra virus (HeV), veterinarians also have a legal responsibility to inform their clients about the associated...

  17. Elevated Sensitivity to Tactile Stimuli in Stereotypic Horses

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    | Contributor(s):: Sabrina Briefer Freymond, Déborah Bardou, Sandrine Beuret, Iris Bachmann, Klaus Zuberbühler, Elodie F. Briefer

    Although stereotypic behaviors are a common problem in captive animals, why certain individuals are more prone to develop them remains elusive. In horses, individuals show considerable differences in how they perceive and react to external events, suggesting that this may partially account for...

  18. In-Person Caretaker Visits Disrupt Ongoing Discomfort Behavior in Hospitalized Equine Orthopedic Surgical Patients

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    | Contributor(s):: Catherine Torcivia, Sue McDonnell

    Horses have evolved to show little indication of discomfort or disability when in the presence of potential predators, including humans. This natural characteristic complicates the recognition of pain in equine patients. It has been our clinical impression that, whenever a person is present,...

  19. Evaluation of several pre-clinical tools for identifying characteristics associated with limb bone fracture in thoroughbred racehorses

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    | Contributor(s):: Anthony Nicholas Corsten

    Catastrophic skeletal fractures in racehorses are devastating not only to the animals, owners and trainers, but also to the perception of the sport in the public eye. The majority of these fatal accidents are unlikely to be due to chance, but are rather an end result failure from stress...

  20. Horses Failed to Learn from Humans by Observation

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria Vilain Rørvang, Tina Bach Nielsen, Janne Winther Christensen

    Animals can acquire new behavior through both individual and social learning. Several studies have investigated horses’ ability to utilize inter-species (human demonstrator) social learning with conflicting results. In this study, we repeat a previous study, which found that horses had...