LIBRARY – EQUINE ASSISTED ACTIVITIES & EQUINE THERAPY BENEFITS

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 People with Multiple Sclerosis

Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis Benefits of Horse Therapy for People with MS-CNN If you’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), improving symptoms and living the best life possible is your top priority. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to accomplish your goal. In addition to following […]

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Benefits for People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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 are Visually Impaired

This is a neat story, blind kids riding horses. I felt connected to the people involved in this wonderful endeavour. I didn’t realize how much of a connection I made with that group, until a week later. The station received a letter from the person who was in charge of the group. He wrote a very flattering letter about how I captured the experience and how all the kids and adults enjoyed my presence. This is one of my all time favorite stories […]

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Benefits for Veterans

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 invisible wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a 20-acre farm north […]

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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. […]

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-Sterba, JA. “Does horseback riding therapy or therapist-directed hippotherapy rehabilitate

children with cerebral palsy?” Dev Med Child Neurol. 2007 Jan;49(1):68-73.

Benefits of Horse Movement

“…movement of the walking horse produced normalized pelvic movement in the rider, closely resembling pelvic movement during ambulation in individuals without disability.”

“…movements made by the horse improved co-contraction, joint stability, and weight shift, as well as postural and equilibrium responses.”

“…improved dynamic postural stabilization, recovery from perturbations…”

rider monte walk back view

Benefits for People with Emotional Wounds

Horse Sense by Martha Beck, Oprah.com 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 […]
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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 driving and unmounted activities. Many people who have had a spinal cord injury may participate in therapeutic riding lessons, carriage driving or may choose an equine-assisted therapy program to address challenges with trunk control or coping with their injury.

Lechner, Kakebeeke, Hegemann, and Baumberger (2007) conducted research to determine the effect of hippotherapy on spasticity and mental well-being of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI).Spasticity was measured by the Ashworth Scale and subjects’ self-rating on a visual analogue scale. Well-being was measured by subjects’ self-report on the well-being scale Befindlichkeits-Skala of von Zerssen. The  researchers found that only the effect of hippotherapy reached significance for clinically rated spasticity compared with the control condition (without intervention). Immediate improvements in the subjects’ mental well-being were detected only after hippotherapy.

Short-term effect of hippotherapy on spasticity in patients with spinal cord injury

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