Library of Related Stories on Equine Therapy and Equine Assisted Activities Benefits

Envision has collected here a sampling of related stories, professional research articles, and videos that describe the benefits of equine therapy for people with physical, cognitive, or emotional needs.


Multiple SclerosisAutism Spectrum DisorderVisually ImpairedPTSDCerebral PalsyDowns SyndromeEmotional WoundsVeteransAt Risk Youth
Severely InjuredDomestic Violence VictimsCouples and PartnersPrisoner Rehabilitation

Benefits for Couples

Horse therapy helps couple deal with PTSD and cancer By Gail Harding, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2014 5:59 PM AT Ted Bradbury is a retired RCMP officer who served 24 years in Alberta and Newfoundland. After leaving the force ten years ago and relocating to P.E.I.,

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Benefits for Veterans

Envision Horses Deliver Hope for Veterans Equine-assisted therapy helps soldiers deal with PTSD Article by Drew Brooks | Posted 8 months ago It’s not your typical therapist’s office. There’s no chaise lounge. No corporate art. No receptionist. But for a growing number of local soldiers suffering from the

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Prisoner Rehabilitation

These Horses Give Prisoners a Second Chance Published on Jun 22, 2015 Some inmates in the Maryland state prison system are hoping to make their lives after prison better by working with retired racehorses. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has found homes for the horses at correctional facilities

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Benefits for Sexual Abuse Victims

Disabled women veterans find help through horses – Metro – The Boston Globe By Brian MacQuarrie GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 19, 2014 NORFOLK — Feet in the stirrups, hands on the reins, Karen Souza closes her eyes as a quarter horse named Rio carries her to a tranquil,

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Benefits for People Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence

Equine Assisted Learning and Life Coaching helps victims of domestic violence on many levels.  Working with horses enables them to get in touch with their own feelings to recover from trauma, learn to set appropriate boundaries, learn to trust appropriately, gain healthy techniques for expressing their own

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Benefits for People Who Have Been Severely Injured

Benefits for People Who Have Been Severely Injured By Heidi Clausen Special to the Leader-Telegram Leader-Telegram RICE LAKE – Fifteen-year-old Brianna Strzok wasn’t expected to survive. The Holcombe teen was coming home from softball practice in March when she was involved in a car accident. It left

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Benefits for At-Risk Youth

Equine-facilitated psychotherapy for at-risk adolescents: The influence on self-image, self-control and trust Keren Bachi 1, Joseph Terkel2 and Meir Teichman2 This article describes the theoretical-conceptual frame of equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) for adolescents at-risk, the unique components of this intervention, and its implementation in an evaluation study. The study was conducted at

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Benefits for People With Spinal Cord Injury

People who have had a spinal cord injury may have varied levels of impairments from sensory loss to quadriplegia. A complete spinal cord injury above T-6 is a contraindication for riding, but would not necessarily prevent a client’s participation in other types of equine programs such as

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Benefits for Stroke Victims

Effects of horse-riding exercise on balance, gait, and activities of daily living in stroke patients Yong-Nam Kim, PhD, Dong-Kyu Lee, MS J. Phys. Ther. Sci. Vol. 27, No. 3, 2015 Stroke, caused by ischemia or hemorrhage, results from the interruption of blood supply to the brain that

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Benefits for People with Downs Syndrome

Equine-Assisted Therapy of St. Louis Published on August 12, 2013

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Benefits for People with ADHD

Benefits for People with ADHD Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy for Treating Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder J Altern Complement Med. This 12-week, prospective, open-label trial included 24 sessions of EAA/T. Twenty participants (19 boys and 1 girl) completed 12 weeks of EAA/T. Various clinical tests were administered at

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Benefits for People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism: The effect of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, September 1, 2009 Authors: Margaret M Bass, Maria M Llabre, and Catherine Duchowny Horseback Riding is Proving to be Great Therapy for Special Needs Published

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Benefits for People with Grief

Benefits for People with Grief Equine Therapy Helps with Grief and Loss There are countless situations that can cause grief for an individual– anything from the loss of a loved one to a major act of violence can turn a person’s life upside down as they quickly

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Benefits for People with Emotional Wounds

Horse Sense by Martha Beck, issue 128 August 2013 On a quiet California ranch, Koelle Simpson helps people confront their greatest fears and seal their deepest wounds. By asking them to enter a pen, hold very still and allow a half-ton creature to guide them toward peace… I’ve since seen that Koelle can change people, too, helping them heal from abuse, anxiety, compulsions, addictions, and negative patterns in careers and relationships. This may be because horses relate to humans in a uniquely fascinating way. They aren’t so untamable that they can’t form intimate bonds with us, but they can never be fully tamed (like, say, dogs). To  connect with them, we must return to our own untamed selves. Over centuries upon centuries, each of our species has influenced the growth of the other, establishing a kinship that is practical, emotional, and more than slightly magical. Another thing about horses: They’re skittish. Imagine living in the open, day

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Benefits for People with Cerebral Palsy

Study examines benefits of horse riding for children with cerebral palsy Published on May 12, 2015 A Dundee University student is examining the benefits of horse riding for children with cerebral palsy. Benefits of Horse Movement “…movement of the walking horse produced normalized pelvic movement in the

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