The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy bridges theory, research, and practical methods to fill a rapidly developing gap for physical, occupational, speech, and mental health professionals interested in incorporating horses in therapy. Extensively researched and citing over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, it examines core issues such as terminology, scope of practice, competency recommendations, horse care ethics, and clinical practice considerations. This book is an essential resource for professionals who wish to use a best-practices approach to equine-assisted therapy.

Praise for The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy

“Leif Hallberg’s, The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy, is a must-read for anyone interested in the scope, provision, business, ethics, and science of incorporating horses within health care. As informative and thoughtful as it is honest and visionary, there is no better single source for learning about diverse equine-assisted therapies today, their current challenges and future possibilities.”

 Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, professor of Occupational Therapy, director of Research at the Temple Grandin Equine Center, Colorado State University

“When one thinks of horses, words such as strength and majesticness are often considered. Equine assisted interventions have developed over the past 50 years and are becoming well recognized as a form of therapy. Hallberg’s book and companion workbook are an excellent source for learning how trained horses with professionals can work together to support the quality of life for many. The books are a must for all interested professionals.”

Aubrey H. Fine, EdD, licensed psychologist/professor at Cal Poly State University, editor/author of The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy, How Animals Help Students Learn, and Afternoons with Puppy.

This is the book that the field of Equine Assisted Therapy has been waiting for! Integrating theory, research and practice Leif Hallberg provides the foundation for the future professional development of this evolving approach. This book is essential for anyone working in this field. It offers a vital contribution to the compassionate equestrian movement that I teach. Read it and be of benefit to all beings.”

Allen M. Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD (hon.), author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live and co-author of “The Compassionate Equestrian, 25 Principles to Live by When Caring for and Working With Horses” (Trafalgar Books, 2015)

“This book tells the truth about where the Equine-Assisted industry is today in a completely honest manner using scientific methodology. While it is a book that can be enjoyably read from cover to cover, it also should be a required reference for every person involved in the industry, especially students, practitioners, patients, and researchers.”

Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA,president of the Horses & Humans Research Foundation and FEI/USET Team Veterinarian.

“Leif Hallberg provides us with an extensive review of the literature within the field of Equine Assisted Therapy in the US, and reminds us how much more is needed.  Acceptance of use of the terminology presented here would standardize the description of our work, erase the confusion that remains so prevalent and promote growth in our fields.  This is recommended reading for all professionals incorporating equine-assisted interactions.”

Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS Chair, American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB)

“Leif Hallberg succeeds in giving our industry an exceptional and unique textbook about the history and current state of EAT in the United States. Her critical analysis based on an impressive compilation of reference literature is spot on and offers EAT practitioners much food for thought. Her ‘Vision for the Future’ examines all the important areas that this relatively new industry needs to address and provides suggestions about how to improve international collaboration, such as creating a unified terminology, defining the scope of practice and protecting the needs of the equines.”

 Gisela Heimsath-Rhodes, executive director of the Horses in Education and Therapy International Federation (HETI)

The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy is the most definitive book to date on understanding the role of the horse in human healthcare. Clear definitions and important focus on intentionality and clinical reasoning are provided, assisting professionals from different fields in better understanding this treatment strategy. With this book, Hallberg has, yet again, made an important contribution to the continued professionalization of equine-assisted therapy.”

Nina Ekholm Fry, MSSc, CCTP, director of Equine Programs & Equine-Assisted Mental Health Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver

“This book expertly guides the reader through the field of Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), providing a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of the essential details of this burgeoning field. As a college professor, Leif’s books provide me with the ‘go to’ texts of EAT: they are methodically researched and their layout encourages student growth and progress, along with a comprehensive understanding of EAT. Thank you Leif for your essential contribution to the field of EAT!”

Clare Thomas-Pino, researcher/lecturer/adjunct professor, University of Maine System

“The Clinical Practice of Equine Assisted Therapy illuminates the cognitive dissonance which has stymied the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies for the last 40 years, and offers a thoughtful compilation of historical reference, research and practical discussion. Using the Equine-Assisted Therapy Workbook together with the text will provoke industry wide self-reflection, and help both therapy and non-therapy professionals identify and advocate for their important and unique roles within this field.”

 Kitty Stalsburg, PATH Intl. master instructor, ESMHL, CBEIP-ED, and executive director of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

 “In her most recent book, The Clinical Practice of Equine Assisted Therapy, Leif Hallberg provides readers with a wealth of information specific to the delivery of clinical services in this field. As a longtime therapeutic riding instructor, this book is thought provoking and illuminates the need to further articulate the unique benefits and characteristics of both therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy. Using the book and accompanying workbook will encourage other “non-therapy” professionals like myself to understand and advocate for our important role in this field.

 Patti Coyle, PATH Intl. advanced instructor, ESMHL, training and education director of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

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