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Equine Therapy: A Few Good Studies

Equine therapy studies are hard to find. And perhaps even more challenging to find are studies that utilize sound research protocol.

This leaves many well intentioned mental health practitioners to question the validity of equine therapy, and at the same time, many potential recipients of equine therapy wishing that their insurance company would cover equine work so that they may partake in it.
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Equine Therapy: In the Biopsychosocial Model

There is no shortage of stress reduction strategies, particularly these days. And for the most part, these interventions can be incorporated into the traditional psychotherapeutic model quite easily. When this occurs, a triage-like form of care can be offered to the patient which leaves less room for unmet needs that may cause problems later.

No other area is this more true than in the case of substance abuse recovery. Addicts have...
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Equine Therapy and Intra-Family Violence: Are There Benefits?

Intra-Family violence can be one of the most challenging issues to treat in therapy. Much of the complexity results not only from the family’s likely mistrust of the system and the professionals that are a part of it -- particularly in cases where Child Protective Services may have already intervened -- but also, the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, such as addictions.

Often, these families will minimize the extent of the violence,...
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Equine Therapy: Can a Horse Teach You to Have a Quiet Mind?

The definition of “Zen” is a “calm and unified mind,” but actually, the idea of a quiet mind has been around for some time. Dating back as far as 1967, Dr. William Sargeant described the mind as “unquiet” in his well read book, The Unquiet Mind. 

Now, a litany of resources exist to develop this sought after meditative state.

Yet, for all our resources, many people would attest that racing thoughts, constant worry and...
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Equine Therapy: An “Experimental” Treatment

A position statement written by AETNA health insurance labels equine therapy as experimental. In further elaborating on what constitutes experimental, AETNA continues to say that equine therapy is experimental “because there is insufficient scientific data in the peer reviewed medical literature to support the effectiveness of hippotherapy for the treatment of individuals with these indication,” (referring to those with Cerebal Palsy).

So just what is the difference between experimental and standard treatment? In...
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Equine Therapy: Humanity From A Horse

Horses have been domesticated for many years, and from the very beginning, it was us teaching them. We attached our ropes, harnesses, saddles, and ideas onto them. We taught them what to be, think and do.

And amazingly, they went along. Horses obliged us. When we asked them to carry us just where we wanted to go -- and sometimes in the most dangerous circumstances -- they did. After all, horses...
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