Equine assisted therapy research

Equine assisted therapies are growing in popularity, and as such, the evidence base for their effectiveness is also expanding. Listed below are some recent studies and additional resources you may find useful in determining if equine assisted therapy may be appropriate.

Borgi, M., Loliva, D., Cerino, S. et al. (2016). Effectiveness of a standardized equine-assisted therapy program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(1). doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2530-6

Earles, J. L., Vernon, L. L., & Yetz, J. P. (2015). Equine-assisted therapy for anxiety and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 1-4. doi: 10.1002/jts.21990

Ferruolo, D. M. (2016). Psychosocial equine program for veterans. Social Work, 61(1), 53-60. doi: 140.1093/sw/swv054

Johansen, S. G. Arfwedson Wang., C. E.,  & Binder, P. (2016). Facilitating change in a client’s dysfunctional behavioural pattern with horse-aided psychotherapy. A case study. Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, 16(3), 222-231.

Kemp, K., Signal, T., Botros, H., Taylor, N., & Prentice, K. (2014). Equine facilitated therapy with children and adolescents who have been sexually abused: A program evaluation study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(3), 558-566. doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9718-1

Kirby, M. (2016). An introduction to equine assisted psychotherapy: Principles, theory, and practice of the equine psychotherapy institute model. Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press.

Klontz, B. T., Bivens, A., Leinart, D., & Klontz, T. (2007). The effectiveness of an equine-assisted experiential therapy: Results of an open clinical trial. Society and Animals, 15, 257-267.

For further reading, please see the comprehensive list of resources and references on The Equine Psychotherapy Institute’s resources page. You may also be interested in the Facebook group Horses and Humans Research Foundation who share current research in the field.