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Equine Assisted Therapy: A Unique and Effective Intervention

There is increasing recognition and integration of Equine Assisted Therapy in the traditional mental health field. Growing evidence supports the effectiveness of treatment with horses in a therapeutic environment. Studies have resulted in a body of literature supporting the therapeutic value of the human-animal interaction. Equine Assisted Therapy can help clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, conduct disorders, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, spectrum and health difficulties, dissociative disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other mental health difficulties.

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SRU study shows therapeutic riding reduces stress levels of adolescents with autism

Anyone who's been to the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center at Slippery Rock University can see the benefits horseback riding has for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Until recently, the evidence was based on the smiles on their faces, improved moods and other immeasurable indicators of reduced stress. But a recent study by a research team at SRU is helping assign empirical evidence to the value of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities.

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Little Girl Who Couldn’t Speak Tells Therapy Donkey “I Love You”

When rescuers found Shocks the donkey, he was lying in a field at a farm in Ireland with a rope tied tightly around his neck. The skin around his neck was covered in lesions and sores from being tethered, and his owner and poured bleach over his wounds thinking this would help him.

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 Therapeutic Riding Can Help Combat Veterans with PTSD

Study finds that therapeutic riding significantly decreases PTSD symptoms in veterans.

About eight out of every 100 military veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. With more than 18.2 million U.S. veterans in 2018, that means that more than 1.4 million U.S. current or former military personnel are affected by PTSD.


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Therapeutic Riding Reduces Stress Levels in Young Adults with Autism

We horse folk understand the joy and peace of working around our equine partners. Therapeutic riding has been proven to help reduce stress in young adults (ages 14-25) with autism spectrum disorder, according to recent research funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF).

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Horse Power: Equine-Assisted Therapy Retreats

You don’t know quiet until you’re eye to eye with a mustang.

The air in the corral was heavy and sweet with the smell of hay and horse. I stood, motionless, suspended in the gaze of the animal’s large, luminous, dark eyes. He took a deep breath, expanding his nostrils, then took a step closer to me. I reached out and touched him tentatively, then ran my hand down his long, warm face. All of my senses were on high alert — and yet I felt calmer than I’d been in weeks.

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