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Equine Therapy: What Every Treatment Center Needs To Know

With equine therapy abounding, it has quickly become a status symbol among the country’s most prestigious treatment centers. However, while promulgating their use of horses to uncover the hidden emotions of substance abuse and dual diagnosis patients has become popular, many centers have also struggled with how best to offer this valuable treatment.

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  • January 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I am pulling together some research information specifically regarding treatment centers and EAP. I came across this posting and am curious if you could tell me where you found the statistics in reference to the statement “over the past five years, EAGALA reported more accidents than any other equine therapy approach”. I am also curious how you came up with the “five years experience” and if you could elaborate on that further. Thanks!

    • January 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Glad you found my blog and the posting on treatment centers!

      The statistic on EAP harm reports has actually been published in several places, but is also available through equirisk or Markel Insurance company. In reference to the five years experience, this reflects a general sentiment in the equine, therapy and insurances worlds as helpful in harm reduction.

      Claire Dorotik LMFT

  • January 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you for the quick response!

    I contacted both Equirisk and Markel, and their statements conflict with your statements. I cannot find any published reports either. I am a graduate student in a counseling program on an LMFT track and am trying to validate the statement regarding EAP harm reports, specifically using the EAGALA model, for research purposes. Is it possible that you could provide your source? Thanks again!

  • November 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I am concerned that this new equine therapy has so little scientific basis and there are no nationally recognised training facilitators in this area.
    Without extensive gold standard randomised control trials on equine programmes for a range of diagnosed mental health in a wide range of different social groups, then how can we be sure that the:
    • Therapy does not increase the risk of harm to those subject to the therapy?
    • Entrance and exit plans for individuals do not leave clients more vulnerable than when they joined the program?
    • Right mix of therapies are applied over the right period of time to optimise the effect of the therapies for individual clients and certainly to manage associated risk?
    • Equine therapy applied alone or with other therapies is of any benefit at all and for whom?
    • Right training for future and current staff and the right in service training is provided at the right standard to maintain professionalism and ethics?
    • Right quality systems are in place to prevent harm and maximise potential benefits for recipients of this process?
    Without a solid knowledge platform, how can we be recommending anyone to these programs and calling it therapy? The risk to vulnerable people, particularly young people, from undertaking these programs is a big moral issue.


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