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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

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

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

  9. 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,...

  10. 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...

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

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

  12. 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...

  13. Hope and Healing at Hillenglade

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    Hope and Healing at Hillenglade is an Equine-Assisted Program that offers time away in the Country for our Active Armed Forces, Veterans, First Responders and their Families to enjoy the Therapeutic Wonder of Horses. 

  14. Hootie's Horse Haven

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    Hooties Horse Haven is a ranch dedicated to helping people fulfill their dreams and reach their goals.

  15. Interdisciplinary Mental Health Approach to Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Large, Brier Van Valin

    Purpose: The purpose of this program plan, Veteran Equine Therapy Services: An Interdisciplinary approach (VETS), is to provide an interdisciplinary, theory-driven structure to increase veterans’ occupational performance in the community using equines as a therapeutic medium. Methods: A...

  16. Effects of equine assisted activity on children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Briana Ciampi, Jeffrey Roy

    Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses a spectrum of disorders which are characterized as having impaired communication skills, social skills and repetitive behaviors or body movements.1,2 Since every individual with ASD presents with different challenges, treatment...

  17. 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. ​ This corporation was...

  18. Communitas and Friluftsliv: equine-facilitated activities for drug users

    | Contributor(s):: Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann

  19. Changes in Motor Skill Proficiency After Equine-Assisted Activities and Brain-Building Tasks in Youth With Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: B. Rhett Rigby, Ronald W. Davis, Melissa D. Bittner, Robin W. Harwell, Eileen J. Leek, Geoban A. Johnson, David L. Nichols

  20. 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

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    | Contributor(s):: Karyn Malinowski, Chi Yee, Jenni M. Tevlin, Eric K. Birks, Mary M. Durando, Hossein Pournajafi-Nazarloo, Alan A. Cavaiola, Kenneth H. McKeever