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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

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

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

  6. 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...

  7. 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. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  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. ​ This corporation was...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Effect of Equine-Assisted Activities on Social and Sensory Functioning of Children with Autism

    | Contributor(s):: Drew C. Coman, Margaret P. Bass, Michael Alessandri, Christine S. Ghilain, Maria M. Llabre

  16. Horsin Around Recovery Ranch (HARR)

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    HARR's purpose is to enrich and expand the lives of the youth and adults with special needs as well as military families, veterans, and first responders through equine-related activities and therapies.

  17. 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.

  18. Stars and Strides

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    Stars and Stride’s mission is to be the cornerstone of North Central West Virginia for Equine Therapy. We are a nonprofit organization focused on improvements in quality of life through partnerships with horses. Stars and Strides is a 501(C)3 Founded, Incorporated and Chartered by a Board...

  19. Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effect of hippotherapy and related equine-assisted therapies on motor capabilities in children with cerebral palsy

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    | Contributor(s):: Martin Häusler, Nicole Heussen

    Background Equine-assisted treatments of the motor system appear to have an effect on the neuromuscular system and aim to improve the pathological condition of children with cerebral palsy. Hippotherapy is a distinct form of equine-assisted therapy where certified physiotherapists use the...

  20. Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies for Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Current State, Challenges and Future Directions

    | Contributor(s):: Marchand, W. R., Andersen, S. J., Smith, J. E., Hoopes, K. H., Carlson, J. K.