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Psychology: Clinical/Experimental


Equine-Assisted Therapy




The present research represents the satisfaction that parents feel with equine-assisted therapy. Equine-assisted therapy is, according to Funk and Smith (2000), the use of horses as a therapy technique that improves the well-being of individuals in all of the following areas: social, cognitive, psychosocial, and physical (2000). Themes were coded from publicized material that contained accounts of parents whose children participated in a specific equine-assisted therapy program in North Carolina. Each testimony was coded for themes that were similar in nature to those that were represented in other accounts as well. Themes that were found were organized into categories and related to satisfaction and equine-assisted therapy. There were four main categories that were represented in the data that were, Connection, Developmental Gains, Socioemotional Gains, and Personal Gains. There were also 22 specific themes that were represented in the data that were collected. Satisfaction was represented by the current research with each theme that was found in the testimonies.

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