5 thoughts on “Equine Therapy: Ethical Treatment of Horses

  • April 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Great article, Claire! We at PATH Intl. do very much emphasize that the equine is a partner in EFP. I just wanted to point out a correction, though, in your post. EFMHA did not leave NARHA to become PATH Intl. EFMHA and NARHA integrated in November 2010 under the common name NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association). The name officially changed to PATH Intl. in June 2011.

    Thank you for calling attention to this!

  • April 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I am an EAGALA model practitioner and I hear this concern expressed frequently. And I agree it is an ommission that it is not discussed explicitly in the ethical guidelines(although it is discussed in the training and the training manual at length). But i can assure you that this is a matter of high importance to every pracitioner of the EAGALA model that i have met and I have met alot of them as I am involved with the organization at the national level. This notion of the horse being viewed as a tool simply doesn’t exist based on my experience. Horses are held in the highest regard and they are treated with the utmost respect by EAGALA members. Again I agree it needs to be explicit but respect of the horse is integral to the EAGALA model process.

  • April 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    It’s great to see another blogger writing about the role of horses in therapy and the special needs of the horses working in this field.

  • May 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I agree, I donated one of my best mares to the cause. Stirrups & Strides is where she now “works” and is making miracles happen. If you google it, she is the beautiful Golden Palimino “Goldie”.
    She is so very smart, knows & loves her job. I still have her filly, so although I miss her daily, I am so very very proud of her.
    PS My friend is also working on opening another facility. This is what I live for; helping/healing hearts for people through the love of horses.

  • April 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Ethical treatment of therapy horses should be part of the policy for any equine assisted therapy program. However these programs involve many volunteers who become attached to the therapy horses. When the decision to euthanize is made what is the ethical way to inform both staff and volunteers. Is it ever ok to hide the euthanasia and lie to volunteers and staff about where “Dyanamo” went after retirement?


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