The History of Equine Therapy: From Ancient Times to the Present

The use of Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) has a long history, with its roots in ancient times. In the 17th century, there are records of equine therapy being prescribed for conditions such as gout, neurological disorders and depression. In the 1960s, EAT was applied to physical health problems in its modern form. It was not until the 1990s that horses were used for mental health treatment.

Therapeutic carriage driving (N %3D) allows people with disabilities to access the benefits of equine therapy. The physical act of riding horses provides variations in movement and motor and sensory experiences, along with the emotional and social benefits of equine therapy (United States Driving for the Disabled, 2012). During this same period, Germany, Austria and Switzerland were at the forefront of the development and establishment of “hippotherapy” (horse physiotherapy, application of the horse as a therapist) as a medical model of equine-assisted therapy.Today, equine therapy is widely used to treat a variety of physical and mental health issues. It is used to help people with physical disabilities, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and even addiction.

Equine therapy is also used to help people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Equine therapy has been found to be effective in helping people to develop self-confidence, self-awareness, communication skills, problem-solving skills, and emotional regulation. It can also help people to develop trust in themselves and others. The use of horses in therapy can also help people to develop empathy and understanding for others.Equine therapy has become increasingly popular over the years as more people have become aware of its benefits.

It is now widely accepted as an effective form of therapy for a variety of physical and mental health issues. As more research is conducted on the effectiveness of equine therapy, it is likely that its popularity will continue to grow.

Jeri Heifner
Jeri Heifner

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