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post #1 of 6 Old 01-09-2017, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Equine therapy

I help bunch of kids in community and this year I encouraged them to spread awareness about equine therapy.


These guys (9-14) are doing a 1 minute survey and if you would be kind enough to give your opinion will be much appreciated.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FL2XF5J
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Done. Good idea
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-10-2017, 05:50 PM
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good survey, done

I think its great btw. specially with autistic children that I have seen.

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Recent research in the U.K. has shown that people with mental issues like depression, anxiety and dementia all showed significant signs of lower blood pressure and relaxation when they were petting dogs. It raised the endorphins naturally.

Having worked with Riding for the Disabled I have seen how horses can have the same/similar effect. The other thing about a physically disabled person riding was summed up for me many years ago by a wheelchair bound lad. He said, "When riding it is so nice to be looking down on people and not having to always look up."
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AAT can be great, for so many humans. BUT I've also seen it go terribly badly for the animals in the equation, if it's not carefully managed & problems not fully considered. For eg. giving 'assistance dogs' to people with depression, who neglect them & don't walk them. Or people with 'anger management' issues, taking their temper out on horse or dog. When these programs are well managed, with due care & consideration to the animals, I'm all for it.
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AAT can be great, for so many humans. BUT I've also seen it go terribly badly for the animals in the equation, if it's not carefully managed & problems not fully considered. For eg. giving 'assistance dogs' to people with depression, who neglect them & don't walk them. Or people with 'anger management' issues, taking their temper out on horse or dog. When these programs are well managed, with due care & consideration to the animals, I'm all for it.

I totally agree - some people need way more than just a pet to get motivated in life. As long as it's carefully monitored I'm all for it too :)
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