The Comprehensive Guide for the Profession of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

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ISBN: 9781457543623
742 pages

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A highly anticipated and long overdue resource for the EAAT industry, The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies is a reference book of exceptional quality for the growing field of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Filled with pictures, interesting sidebars, real-world examples, and clear definitions, this first-of-its-kind peer-reviewed textbook is a must have reference for educators, students, administrators, and professionals involved in the EAAT field.

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About Margo Dewkett, Heidi Brady, Heather Hernandez

Margo Dewkett is the founder, executive director and head instructor of a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas, Inc. located north of Longview, Texas. Her knowledge and proficiency is based on twenty-seven years in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) and more than forty years as a professional equestrian. A PATH Intl. Master Certified Instructor and Driving Instructor – Level II, Margo is also a mentor and evaluator.

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Excerpt

The equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry is a relatively young field in the United States. Though in general terms, the role of the horse has changed greatly over the years from work animal to partner, the benefits of horses has been documented as far back as 430 BCE. Xenophon was an Athenian solider, a scholar of Socrates, and one of the first documented authors of horsemanship in his treatise On Horsemanship. The ancient Greeks, as early as 600 BCE, and later the Romans recognized the therapeutic value of horseback riding. France has documented the therapeutic use of horse riding as early as 1875. The benefits of therapeutic riding have been dated back to 17th-century literature, in which it is documented that riding was prescribed for gout, neurological disorder, and low morale (Willis, 1997). In the United Kingdom, Dame Agnes Hunt at the Orthopedic Hospital at Oswestry during 1901 employed similar techniques. Later, Miss Olive Sands, MCSP, took her horses to the Oxford Hospital to provide riding for the rehabilitation of soldiers wounded during the First World War. By the 1950s, British physiotherapists were exploring the possibilities of riding as therapy for all types of disabilities. The British Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) was founded in 1969 with the support of the royal family.

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