In their book « Handbook on Animal Assisted Interventions » (2019), Aubrey Fine et al have made an overview of current evidence in the field of equine assisted interventions.
Peer reviewed research in the field of Equine assisted therapies (EAT) for children and adults, in fields as divers as depression, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), anorexia, dementia, autism spectrum disorder, etc. show that:
EAT can help a great variety of patients in many aspects of mental health, e.g.
- emotion regulation and emotional coping, quality of life, self-esteem, mindful presence, reduced isolation, increased trust, interpersonal relationships, decreased trauma symptoms, improved non-verbal communication, problem-focused coping, assertivity, positive emotions, etc.