Why your next therapy session might include a horse

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 27, 2017 9:50 a.m.

    While there is no doubt about the influence of animals and their effect on people, I'm wondering if the 'therapy animal' thing is going to go too far.
    More and more you see abled people getting into public places with animals because they're for therapy purposes. A well behaved labrador is one thing; we're into rabbits, goats and the like apparently, too. I hope not to see a therapy horse next time I'm at the mall.

  • GANANA Athens, GA
    March 27, 2017 9:25 a.m.

    As a horse owner, there is nothing more soothing to me than just going up and brushing one of the horses I own. There is something so calming about the quiet of the barn and the repetitiveness. Always a listening ear.

  • Wendy Rich Superior, MT
    March 25, 2017 4:20 p.m.

    I am finishing up my master's degree in social work and graduate in just under two months with an MSW. It blows my mind that any reputable therapist would make a claim that, there is no evidence to suggest that animal-assisted (equine) therapy is any more beneficial than just allowing time to lapse. I am living proof of the benefits of equine therapy. In fact, I found it SO therapeutic that I am now directing my own practice in that direction. I found discovered a substantial amount of research on the benefits of animal-assisted therapy. It is available through any major universities database. This is not a new idea. Both Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud used to bring their dogs into sessions with them and realized the benefits of the animals being in session. No, there is no lack of research on this form of therapy.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    March 24, 2017 9:04 a.m.

    One of my close friends is an equine therapist provider in central Utah. Does great things for troubled youth, etc.

    She uses some of the same techniques when my kids visit. It's a great thing.