Therapy Incorporating Horses

What: Healthcare Provision
Provider: Licensed or Certified Healthcare Provider
Provider types: Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, Recreational Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists
Type of Horse: Therapy Horse

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
Natural Lifemanship
PATH Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning– for equine professionals who plan on working with a mental health provider


Recreational therapists will certify in horsemanship or may simply partner with a therapeutic horsemanship or EAL instructor.

American Hippotherapy Association
Hippotherapy Certification Board


Horses & Humans Research Foundation

Borgi, M., Loliva, D., Cerino, S., Chiarotti, F., Venerosi, A., Bramini, M., … Cirulli, F. (2016). Effectiveness of a Standardized Equine-Assisted Therapy Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(1), 1–9.

Hallberg, L. (2018). The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy. New York: Routledge.

Lanning, B. A., Wilson, A. L., Krenek, N., & Beaujean, A. A. (2017). Using Therapeutic Riding as an Intervention for Combat Veterans: An International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) Approach. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 33(3), 259–278.

McDaniel Peters, B. C., & Wood, W. (2017). Autism and Equine-Assisted Interventions: A Systematic Mapping Review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(10), 3220–3242.

Smith-Osborne, A., & Selby, A. (2010). Implications of the Literature on Equine-Assisted Activities for Use as a Complementary Intervention in Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 27(4), 291–307.

Wood, W., Alm, K., Benjamin, J., Thomas, L., Anderson, D., Pohl, L., & Kane, M. (2021). Optimal Terminology for Services in the United States That Incorporate Horses to Benefit People: A Consensus Document. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)27(1), 88–95.