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EAGALA. Equine
Assisted Growth
and Learning
Association, n.d.
Web. 6 Feb. 2015.


The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning

Association is none of the first organization to
address mental health therapies with horses of
those who need it. Through the EAGALA, you can
get professionally certified to provide these
services to people in a community. For those who
want to become trained they provide a place to
register and all the processes you need to become
among the members certified by the EAGALA.
They also provide a brief description that tells
what they consider to be Equine Assisted
Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning is as
they set the global standard. This site would also
give you information if you were looking for a
barn near you that has someone certified by the
EAGALA. For those who dont live in the United
States, they provide information by regions where
you can read news articles from those areas about
the EAGALA. Some people may want to do a
specific type of therapy like for those who are in
the military. The EAGALA provides a special
certification to base off the military community for
those that need help.
Schultz, P.,
In this article, it talks about children who have
Remick-Barlow, G., dealt with family violence taking part in equine
& Robbins, L.
assisted psychotherapy. This therapy took place
(2007). Equine-
over a year and a half of them doing various
activities with the horse such as being in the pen
psychotherapy: A with a horse just petting them to making them do
mental health
small obstacles. However, the activities are not the
promotion/interve same for everyone. They are specific to the people
ntion modality for involved as everyone did not go through the same
children who have thing. Most of these kids and families did not
experienced intra- know the emotions that were in them until being
family violence.
around the horse and the horse reflects the
Health & Social
emotions within them. The children tested both
Care in the
before and after for Global Assessment of
Community 15(3), Functioning and the results improved after being
involved in equine assisted psychotherapy. The

people that showed the most improvement were
younger children, but everyone learned from the
experience as they could take what they learned
from their therapy and apply it to their lives.

I think that site
will be very
useful to me as it
provides much
information on
their format as
they have set the
global standard.

With the location
part of the
website I could
possibly find
someone who
does this near
Charlotte for an

Also with their
research I could
use it as
The child
prospective in
the paper will be
good, as it will
show that both
equine assisted
works on both
children and

I could include
the global
scores to show
improvement of
the kids.

Meinersmann, KM,
J Bradberry, and
FB Roberts.
With Adult Female
Survivors Of
Abuse." Journal Of
Nursing & Mental
Health Services
46.12 (2008): 36-
42. CINAHL Plus
with Full Text.
Web. 3 Feb. 2015.

This article was a done by three doctors on

women that have been abused participating in
equine assisted psychotherapy. Equine Assisted
psychotherapy is known to help people who have
been abused so these doctors wanted to put proof
out there. The main purpose of this experiment
was to see how equine assisted psychotherapy
helped those women who have been abused.
However, the doctors say the research cannot be
totally accurate portrayal as the research was only
done on three of the seven, as the others did not
meet their criteria for their research subject until
after the experiment was done. The women that
participated found that being around the horses
gave them power back that they thought had been
taken for their abuser. They could see themselves
through the horse as horses show the emotions of
those around them. For many of these women, just
being around the horses made them want to start
living again. After doing this experiment this let
the doctors realize that this type of therapy could
help improve self-esteem and confidence in abuse
victims. They doctors have also found the price of
equine assisted psychotherapy is about the same
price as talking therapy. Unfortunately, most
health services do not cover equine assisted
Notgrass, C G, and This article is wrote by two people who work and
J D. Pettinelli.
teach medicine at the Saint Louis University
"Equine Assisted
School of Medicine evaluating the EAGALA models
of equine assisted psychotherapy, which came out
the Equine
fairly recent. They draw connections between the
Assisted Growth
Association for Experiential Education, which the
and Learning
EAGALA bases its equine assisted psychotherapy
model off of. They learned that their model is
Model Overview of similar to other models, but that equine assisted
psychotherapy does not teach as much
horsemanship skills as others, but often is
Journal of
confused with ones that are. They say that their
needs to be more of a clarification to who is
Education. (2014). practicing equine assisted psychotherapy to
separate those who are practicing something
similar to see its effectiveness.

I think this
source is useful,
as these doctors
have done
research on
women with
who have been

I could use
quotes from the
women to
include into my
paper to have a
personal touch.

This article also
shows that
equine assisted
psychotherapy is
helpful and
actually does
improve the
mental state of
those who have
been abused.
Look into AEE.

"What Is
Education?" What
Is EE. Association
for Experiential
Education. Web.
16 Feb. 2015.
Nilson, R. "Equine-
Perspectives in
Psychiatric Care.
40.2 (2004). Print.
"Equine Therapy |
Psychotherapy for
Addiction Trauma
and Eating
Treatment." The
Ranch Drug Rehab
Eating Disorder
Trauma Treatment
Center Sex
Addiction Nashville
Tennessee TN.
Recovery Ranch,
n.d. Web. 15 Feb.
Kahn, Jeffery S.,
and Alison W.
Johnson. "Summit
Services, P.A."
Growth and
Learning (horse-
assisted Programs).
Services, P.A., n.d.
Web. 27 Feb. 2015.

Experiential education is when the educators

interact directly with the people learning to help
build their knowledge and contribution to their
community. These people can range from camp
counselors, teachers and mental health
professionals. This is when experiences are
selected that allows people to reflect upon it later
in life like decision-making. Once they complete
their experiences, this allows them to examine and
evaluate their values.
Nilson provides a personal prospective on how
equine assisted therapy helped her in a time that
she was going through depression. She also tells
that you dont have to been around horses all your
life as she went for a long period not around
The Recovery Ranch provides their model of what
they consider to be equine assisted
psychotherapy. They also provide what they
consider to be good conditions or illnesses that
they think equine assisted psychotherapy would
help. They talk specifically at how the horses are a
major part of the therapy. The source was not very

Can compare the

models of AEE
and EAP.

This is one of the only groups in New Jersey to

offer this type of psychotherapy. Their model is
based off of the EAGALA model. People
participating see their issues that they have been
hiding while interacting with the horse. The
clients see their horse partner change as their
moods do. They offer individual, group, family,
and family sessions. This source was pretty brief.

Go more in
depth about
what EAP is than

incorporate her

Shows every
barn might not
have the same

Pointon, C. "Horses
For Courses."
Therapy Today
16.7 (2005): 4-6.
CINAHL Plus with
Full Text. Web. 1
Apr. 2015.

This article was about a couple that was having

problems in their relationship and decided to try
equine assisted psychotherapy to see if it would
help. After just a few sessions the couple could
figure out their problems and was able to get to
work on them. One of first few things the therapist
had them do was walk a horse together without
communicating through three obstacles that they
labeled as their problems. Their problems were
communication, lies and secrets, and the other
women. Through the horse they were able to see
how maybe one problem affected the other
through the horse. As the secret and lies obstacle
made the wife very emotional. After completing
the course they realized that all of their problems
were connected. Their major problem was
communication, which then lead to their lies and
secrets finally lead to the other women. They
found the therapy to be effective and were
surprised at how the horse was a major
contributor. The horse was able to bring the real
problems to the surface and was able to deal with
those problems to better their relationship.
Ford, Candice.
This is a study done on combines two types of
"Dancing with
therapies that no one would have really thought
Horses: Combining of. This combination is of dance/movement
Dance/movement therapy and equine assisted psychotherapy. Many
Therapy and
people would wonder why you would combine
Equine Facilitated these two types of therapies, but they are thought
to go hand-in hand with one another. Many
American Journal people who dance, for therapy or just for fun, look
of Dance Therapy : in a mirror. Essentially people participate in
Publication of the equine assisted psychotherapy essentially are
American Dance
doing the same thing as many consider the horse
to be a mirror. Horses often know what is wrong
Association. 35.2
before we even do which allows us to use this to
(2013): 93-117.
pair with the dance/movement therapy. Many
people also find both of these activities

therapeutic and combining both of these two
actives can increase the therapeutic possibilities.

Shows the aspect

from a couples
point of view.

A twist to
equine assisted