Equine Therapy: What It Is and How It Helps

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Equine Therapy: What It Is and How It Helps

By Melanie Ashford

Published November 20, 2020

Medical and therapeutic professionals everywhere recommend equine therapy for a wide range of conditions and disabilities. With influential organizations like PATH International and Eagala, founded to support and promote equine therapy, the use of horses in medical or psychological treatment is now standard. But what does equine therapy entail, and who does it help?

What Is Equine Therapy?

As a broad term, equine therapy refers to the use of horses in a therapeutic manner. However, there are several forms of equine therapy, and it is recommended for many different things. For example, PATH International was founded in 1969 and primarily focuses on assisting people living with disabilities, whereas Eagala concentrates solely on the use of horses in psychotherapy.

The main types of equine therapy are as follows.

1. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Horses provide an essential sense of peace during psychotherapy appointments, not least of which is due to the sessions [...]

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