Resources for Research and Education in Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapy - Beth Macauley

An international bibliographic compilation of research articles, theses, books and videos on equine assisted activities. This one-of-a-kind, 100-page research guide covers all areas of EAA, including equine facilitated psychotherapy, therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. 

Author is - Ground Schooling 

Ground Schooling, will establish a foundation for a Therapeutic Equestrian Centre’s staff, volunteers, program participants and horses. This unique 90min Educational DVD has a complimentary workbook and course syllabus which may be downloaded free of charge!

Ground Schooling explains ageless horsemanship methods for the contemporary horseman and throughout this 90 minute film you will:
  • Learn how to evaluate your ground schooling methods
  • Compare your horse’s ground manners against a standard
  • Discover how to implement ground schooling skills that will promote the necessary fundamentals for communication, safety, and the evolution of a partnership between your staff and volunteers as they serve your centre’s program participants.
  • Download the PDF here: 

National Centre for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) -

  • Equine Facilitated Therapy
  • The Hippotherapy Horse
  • The Therapy Horse - Moods, Behavior & Instictive Response
  • Program Safety & Emergency Procedures
  • Treatment Options for Patients with Severe Fuctional Limitations
  • Discovery News - Benefits of Hippotherapy

NARHA Instructor Training Workbook and Companion DVD
This Workbook and Companion DVD, produced by EAAT experts, highlights skills required to be a successful NARHA Therapeutic Riding Instructor, including: safety, teaching techniques, lesson planning and volunteer management.

NB: NARHA is now known as PATH Intl.


This book is free with membership, but may also be purchased. It gives a good overview of therapeutic riding, and important information on operating a therapeutic riding center.
The theory and practice of volunteer recruitment and training with specific applications to therapeutic riding programmes.


Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE) Therapeutic Riding Handbook

After a general introduction of Therapeutic Riding (TR) - clinical, technical and rehabilitative characteristic are examined. The authors stress the value of TR in:
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) techniques
  • Therapeutic Vaulting
  • Use of Carriage Driving in rehabilitative programs
  • Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)

As well as, the work with horses in a range of neurological and orthopaedic diseases and, all the most influent TR physical rehabilitative aspects.

The Psychology chapter describes the attributes both of the TR trainer and patients, in the more common empathic relationship we can observe in TR session.

The book also shows the main architectural rules to built stables (in Italy) and the opportunity in marketing & fund raising for Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Centres.


NARHA Handbook - North American Riding for the Handicapped now PATH Intl.

The Instructor's Handbook - British Horse Society and Pony Club

Written for the BHS by a chief examiner, this handbook provides clear guidelines on how the skills of riding should be conducted.

Aimed at qualified and trainee riding instructors, the manual provides advice on a range of subjects, including teaching adult novices and children, whether in groups or one-to-one; effective communication and body language; how to organise lessons; choosing school horses and keeping them happy in their work; safety and insurance; dealing with riding problems, such as nervousness, stiffness, poor co-ordination, and poor balance; and how to cope with mishaps and accidents.

The author, a coach, dressage judge and competitor, offers advice based on over 20 years experience of training career students and competition partnerships and teaches both in the UK and overseas.

The Horsemaster's Notebook - Mary Rose FBHS 

The Horsemaster's NotebookOver the years this well-respected reference has helped countless students to pass their exams. Completely revised and updated by Mary Rose and consultant Editor Islay Auty FBHS in line with modern thinking in the horse world.

Mary Rose's clarity & simplicity of explanation have been maintained, while adding four entirely new chapters and including all the relevant changes in the management & care of the modern equine. Written in note form for easy access, the book provides ideal revision notes for career students crammed with the basic knowledge that every owner-rider needs.

Teaching Disabled Riders - Mary Londgen

Coach With CourageCoach With Courage - Mary L. Longden (1999)

An excellent guide to both therapeutic and able-bodied riding. Chapters 8-13 are specifically about therapeutic riding and are used by the RDA Australia.

"To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live and love." Leo Buscaglia 

The Handbook Riding for the Disabled Association – RDA UK


Aspects and Answers -A Manual for Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs - Joswick, et al. (1986) - Cheff Center for the Handicapped

This book was written for riding instructors. It contains valuable information on working with the disabled, and instructions on starting a new program. 
This manual is designed to encompass all facets of program development, implementation, and continuance. It is the editors' intention that material contained in this work will provide substantial guidelines for all programs.

Therapeutic Riding - Heipertz, W., Heipertz, C., Kroger, A., and Kuprian, W. (1981)
- Canadian Equestrian Federation

This is a tiny book filled with excellent information on therapeutic riding and therapeutic vaulting.

Therapeutic Riding Programs: Instruction and Rehabilitation - Barbara T. Engel, M.Ed., OTR (1994)
Vol I deals with issues of primary interest to instructors, administrators, volunteers, and horse trainers. Vol II presents topics relating to the use of the horse as a modality in therapy or education by therapists or special educators. The two are intended to be used together and a cross-referenced index appears in each.

Therapeutic Riding II Strategies for Rehabilitation - Barbara T. Engel, M.Ed., OTR (1997)
This manual covers the use of the horse to treat individuals with disabilities and contains the essays related to intervention in occupational and physical therapy, speech and language pathology, psychosocial re-education, education, and recreation.


Physiotherapy on the Horse - Riede, D. (1988) Translated from German - Delta Society

This book is no longer in print, but may be available at libraries. It’s an excellent resource.

Hippotherapy - Ingrid Strauss
English version published by: Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association (OnTRA)


Introduction to Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: A comprehensive overview - Patti Mandrell, ME.d. LPC, EAPIII 

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy helps clients cope with change and develop positive means of facing life’s struggles through the use of team-building activities with horses. The best explanation for understanding it is to see it in action.

Training Manual for Fundamentals of EAGALA Model Practice Part 1 & Part 2 

2012 revised & updated version Training Manual outlines the Principles and Standards of EAGALA Model Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning.

This manual may only be purchased by EAGALA Certified individuals or those who have attended the Part 1 training previously. Individuals registering for the Part 1 will receive a copy when attending the training.

Equine Facilitated Mental Health: A Field Guide for Practice – Moreau & McDaniel

The authors, both experienced in the field of equine therapy, have cooperated to produce this valuable book, which in a sense is a “primer” for mental health professionals and riders alike.

Leslie Moreau, author and editor, has 25yrs of experience counselling as well as 14yrs experience in Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH). These are the voices of experience that speak to us throughout the 300 pages.

Every chapter is though provoking and informative. Other health professionals and practitioners in the field of EFMH have contributed articles, which give us insight into studies and research.

Walking the Way of the Horse: Exploring the Power of the Horse-Human Relationship - Leif Hallberg, Chis irwin
Walking the Way of the Horse: Exploring the Power of the Horse-Human Relationship
Since time eternal horses have walked beside us, helping to shape our destinies, taking us on journeys of the soul, and offering as a gift their power, mystique and beauty. While it has taken some time, mental health professionals and educators alike have begun to formally acknowledge the emotional, mental and physical benefits that humans can receive by spending time with horses.

In U.S. alone, there are already 900+ programs that offer therapeutic or educational programming provided in partnership with horses. Leif Hallberg has extensively researched the field of Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Educational Services, and this book reveals the many ways horses can help humans.

Become familiar with: Key definitions; Historical information about working with horses in therapeutic and educational settings; Ethical considerations Practical applications; Learn more about the healing power of horses; and, their rich history of working together with humans in Walking the Way of the Horse.

Hope ... From the Heart of Horses - Kathy Pike

Hope From the Heart of HorsesHope . . . from the Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us about Presence, Strength and Awareness explores and celebrates the relationship and bond possible between horses and humans. Each chapter offers a life lesson about trusting one's instincts, honestly addressing emotions, achieving clarity in communication, and releasing negative thoughts.

Because their survival depends on being highly tuned to the thoughts and feelings of others, horses sense human intentions rather than what is offered in facial expressions, which creates a remarkable effect on the relationship between these two distinctly different species. 

Humans who learn how to improve their communication with horses can improve their relationships with their mounts, enhance the lives of their trusting friends, and improve their own riding experiences.

Kathy Pike is the founder of the Mind Body Method (MBM), a published author, a coach trainer, a leader in the field of Equine Experiential Learning, and a life coach. She conducts equine-facilitated workshops and training sessions throughout the country and abroad.

Simple Steps to Riding Success - Feel the Power of Positive Riding - Liz Morrison 

Neuro Linguistic Programming - NLP - is a powerful psychological tool for building confidence and determination, clearing 'blocks', and goal setting. Readers will be able to pick which techniques are appropriate to their needs, from goal setting, such as, 'I want to jump with confidence', through to visualisation exercises to do half an hour before an event or exam.

Simple Steps to Riding Success: Feel the Power of Positive RidingOne chapter reveals the unconscious strategies and beliefs of expert trainers, riders and competitors, including disabled riders and natural horsemen. An informed explanation of how their behaviour makes them successful will allow readers to modify their own approach.

Throughout the book, the step-by-step approach is supported by real life case histories of other riders. Simple Steps to Riding Success will appeal to any rider who wants to improve their confidence and clear the negative memories or beliefs that are stopping them from enjoying their horses more.

Ride with Confidence! Practical and Inspirational Advice to Help You Deal with Your Fear and Enjoy Your Riding - Liz Morrison

Ride with Confidence!: Practical and Inspirational Advice to Help You Deal with Your Fear and Enjoy Your RidingIn a sport as exciting as riding there are bound to be experiences that can leave you a little shaken, but visiting the stable yard needn't fill you with dread. This informative book explains how to rationalise your fear and work towards achieving personal goals - from handing your horse confidently to completing a cross country course or dressage test.

Ride with Confidence! explores the possible origins of nervousness, both in the rider and horse, as well as positive action to enable everyone to get more from their riding. By gathering experts from all over the world this book will offer different approaches to alleviating fear & anxiety. So by reading one great book, riders will be able to devise their own 'confident riding system' and truly enjoy their riding.

Table of Contents: Introduction; Replacing Fear with Calm; What Do You Want from Your Riding; Overcoming Blocks; The Confident Rider; Understanding Your Horse; Safe Horse Handling; Enjoy Your Riding; Further Reading and Useful Addresses.

Magic Happens with Horses - Jill Clark

Magic Happens with HorsesChildren love animals. They bond, smile, and chuckle when a wet nose touches their hand. Children with just about any physical, emotional, or developmental problem may be helped tremendously by those animal touches.

Therapy with horses has been recognized as a benefit of medical treatment since 460 BC. Hippotherapy (from the Greek word "hippos,  meaning horse) or equine therapy, are based on the idea that the rhythmic repetitive movements of the horse work to improve cognitive skills, balance, posture, and strength in a disabled rider.

The self-esteem, emotional bonds, and trust of a horse benefits their mind, body, and soul of not only the child, but also their parents. Parents who truly want to improve their child's world, a world that may include wheelchairs or walkers, see the complete satisfaction on their child's face as they ride a horse.

Horses with a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service - Allen & Linda Anderson (2009)

21 true stories of courageous, loyal & loving horses who found their life's purpose.
This book introduces horses who aid in therapy sessions, give riders with disabilities freedom and mobility, heal childhood abuse, save lives, help people fulfil dreams, and bring messages of hope and unconditional love to those who need them the most:

Molly, 3-legged pony & survivor of Hurricane Katrina - after losing her leg, surgery and a prosthetic device, Molly inspired people of New Orleans and admirers around the world. She now visits children’s hospitals, nursing homes & other places to spread her message of hope & recovery.

Viola, a Norwegian Fjord horse imported from Norway to USA as a broodmare; made her way to Tanya Welsch, MNLINC (Minnesota Linking Individuals, Nature & Critters). Viola put her mothering skills to excellent use as a co-therapist in equine-facilitated psychotherapy. With her innate maternal wisdom, Viola is incredibly intuitive and nurturing, especially with at-risk youth.

Butch, a retired gelding, showed an unswerving belief in a profoundly mentally retarded girl that he restored a mother's hopes for her child's future.

Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of HopeAllen & Linda Anderson

This collection of true stories highlights horses' unique ability to hear divine messages, intuitively communicate them, and transform despair into hope.
Whether granting disable riders a sense of freedom, healing wounds of childhood abuse, giving troubled teens and lost souls a sense of purpose, rescuing people from danger, practicing intricate dressage moves, or showing that love endures beyond mortality, horses bond with people in ways that change their lives forever.

"If you love horses and appreciate the countless gifts they bring to our lives, you will want to keep this exceptional collection of heart-warming stories close to your bedside for inspirational reading. ." Linda Tellington-Jones, Tellington TTouch Method

Great Horse Stories - Wisdom and Humor from Our Majestic Friends (2014)

From her many years in the saddle, horsewoman Rebecca Ondov offers this inspiring collection of horse stories that will touch your heart with wonder. Saddle up and ride with her to discover the unique personalities and extraordinary devotion horses reveal and the amazing ways they change lives. You’ll meet…
  • Blackie, a spirited horse who helps turn a young man’s life around
  • Tuk, a frisky colt who becomes a long-awaited answer to prayer
  • Gus, a gray gelding who provides comfort and hope
  • Sedona, a castaway horse who proves redemption is always possible
  • Starlet, a filly who inspires a girl to get involved and make a difference
Rebecca, author of Horse Tales from Heaven, has gathered the best horse stories from her life and the lives of friends to inspire you and provide a window into God’s amazing love and provision.


Riding on the Autism Spectrum - The Miracle of Equine-Assisted Therapy - Claudine Pelletier-Milet 

A new book that chronicles one riding teacher’s experiences using equine-assisted activities and therapy to instil confidence and promote independence in children with autism spectrum disorders.

A way with words – Guidelines for the portrayal of people with disability – Dept of Communities QLD Govnt.

The purpose of A way with words (PDF, 962 KB) is to promote inclusiveness and the fair and accurate portrayal of people with a disability. It is intended as an aid for professional communicators, such as journalists, writers, producers and broadcasters, and provides suggestions for appropriate language, interviewing techniques and media coverage involving people with a disability.


Rehabilitation With the Aid of a Horse:  A Collection of Studies
 - Barbara T. Engel, M.Ed., OTR (1997)

A collection of research studies into the effects of therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.

Riding for the Disabled - Britton, Vanessa (1991)

An overview of international therapeutic riding.

Riding the Winds of Progress: Proceedings of the 9th International Therapeutic Riding Congress (1997) - NARHA

Articles and abstracts of presentations made at the 9th Annual International Therapeutic Riding Congress. If you couldn't attend, this is the next best thing. These presentations are also available on tape from the same address.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: Case Studies and International Reports - Gebundene Ausgabe

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: Case Studies and International Reports
Fachgruppe Arbeit mit dem Pferd in der Psychotherapie (FAPP) is a group of qualified psychotherapists, who integrate horses into their psychotherapeutic practice. 

Their backgrounds cover a variety of treatment orientations but they share the common interest in the topics and research in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.


FAPP, founded in 2001, strives to collect information spanning the broad spectrum of possibilities offered by the horse in the work of psychotherapy. The goal is to describe and reflect the procedures and outcomes and ultimately promote the development of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Studies: Problems Experienced by Researchers -
 Jeanette Pauw in Physiotherapy - Vol 86, Issue 10, Oct 2000, p 523–527

Since the therapeutic use of horse riding has been realised, several research studies investigating the physical and psychosocial effect of therapeutic riding have been conducted. A summary is given of therapeutic riding research studies where formal statistical tests were used to analyse the data as well as a summary of studies where different techniques were used to process the data.

These summaries give an overview of the variables measured in previously conducted therapeutic riding studies. The general problems experienced by therapeutic riding researchers are given after the summaries. Possible explanations are discussed for some of these problems. In conclusion a few suggestions are given for future research, not only for therapeutic riding studies, but for any study where the effect of a therapeutic intervention is investigated.

Safe Horse Safe Rider - Jessie Haas(1994)

This is an excellent book for young riders to teach safe horsemanship. It is endorsed by the Horsemanship Safety Association. It would also serve as an excellent guide for therapeutic riding instructors on teaching horse safety.

Horsemanship Safety Instructor's Manual - CHA

This book by the Horsemanship Safety Association teaches instructors how to teach safe horsemanship. Additional books available include Horse Science Instructor's Manual which is a collection of unmounted lesson plans, and Mounted Games & Activies Manual, a collection of safe games on horseback.


Horses are heroes to millions of people. They enrich our lives and empower us - whether we come from a privileged background or a disadvantaged one.

Jilly Cooper cover
Animals in War - Jilly Cooper

This book is a written a tribute to the role of animals in wartime. It’s a vivid and unforgettable record of man's inhumanity to animals, but also an astonishing story of courage, intelligence, devotion and resilience.

Horse Heroes: True Stories of Amazing Horses - Kate Perry (1999)

Tells seven stories of heroic and amazing horses. This is an exciting collection of true stories about amazing horses including Roy Rogers' Trigger, the Royal Lipizzaners & ‘Paddy’ of Buckingham Palace fame.



“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine gruelling months a year helping horses with people problems.

BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. 

A real-life “horse-whisperer”, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.

Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses - and people - with his understanding, compassion and respect. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. An incredible story about an unsung hero, BUCK is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.

Horse Boy – Rupert Isaacson

Book - This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son's autism, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.

Movie - the Horse Boy does more than chronicle Rowan and his parents' journey across the vast, wild landscape of Mongolia. It delves into the strange world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals and between different cultures and different ways of being (autistic vs. normal, or "neuro-typical"), and the nature of healing.

Audiences hear the varied theories on autism from the experts in the field, well-known researchers of autism such as Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University; Dr. Temple Grandin, recovered autist and professor of animal behavior at Colorado State University; and anthropologist and researcher Roy Richard Grinker of George Washington University.

But above all, The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life. Book and Movie available:

The Horse Whisperer 

The Horse WhispererThe Horse Whisperer (1998) is a movie directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel by Nicholas Evans. 

Redford plays the title role, a talented trainer with a remarkable gift for understanding horses, who is hired to help an injured teenager and her horse back to health following a tragic accident.

The beautiful Pilgrim and his young rider are horribly injured in an accident. Though it seems they may be traumatized beyond rescue, a horse whisperer of mystical talents (Robert Redford) teaches Pilgrim to trust again, and horse, daughter and mother find healing. Adapted from the bestseller by Nicholas Evans.


Dreamer PosterThe beautiful filly Soñador's promising racing career is cut short by injury. Attempts by a down-on-his-luck horseman to save her seem doomed. But his daughter develops a bond with "Sonya" and the strength and clarity of her dream reunite the family and carry them all to the World Thoroughbred Championships. Based loosely on the real-life story of Mariah's Storm, who recovered from injury to compete in the 1995 Breeders Cup Distaff. 

The Black Stallion

The Black StallionThe Black Stallion PosterWhen their ship sinks, "The Black" rescues young Alec Ramsey from drowning. Marooned on a desert island, horse and boy slowly develop a deep bond of trust that carries them to the heights of triumph. Based on the classic children’s books by Walter Farley.


A gifted but abused race horse and three damaged men rescue each other, restoring hope for everyday folk in Depression-era America with thrilling victories. True story, based on the book by Lauren Hillenbrand. Fun fact: you can visit Rich in Dallas, the horse who portrayed Seabiscuit in the film, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The poignant chronicle of Black Beauty, a stallion in Victorian England, as he is sold to a series of owners, ranging from kind to cruel. Based on the beloved children's classic by Anna Sewell.

Archer's Adventure

Archer PosterArcher won the inaugural running of the Melbourne Cup (Australia's version of the Kentucky Derby) in 1861 after walking more than 550 miles to enter the race (and 550 miles back home again). On the journey, horse and boy are guided by a spiritual force helping them develop strength of character. Based on a true story.

The remarkable American mustang, Hidalgo, and his hard-luck Pony Express rider (Viggo Mortensen) compete against the world's finest Arabians in a 3,000-mile desert race requiring all their strength, wits, experience and mutual trust.

The Silver Stallion

Thowra is King of the Brumbies (Australian wild horses). Beautiful, strong, proud, and free, he is locked in a mythic struggle with The Man (Russell Crowe) who seeks to capture and possess him. Based on the classic children's books by Elyne Mitchell (who also wrote The Man from Snowy River).

Spirit is a free roaming mustang stallion until he is caught by the U.S. Cavalry. Spirit endures pain, love, humour, friendship and trust.

Into The West (1993) - An Irish Horse Movie

Into the West is a film about two young boys, Tayto and Ossie whose father was "King of the Travellers" until his wife, Mary, dies during the birth of their second son, Ossie. The boys' grandfather is an old story-telling Traveller, who regales the children with Irish folk-tales and legends.

When he is followed by a beautiful white horse called Tír na nÓg (meaning "Land of Eternal Youth" in Irish), from the sea to Dublin, where the boys and their father now live, the boys are overwhelmed with joy and the dreams of becoming cowboys.

The horse is stolen from them and they begin their adventure to get their mystical horse back. They escape the poverty of a north Dublin council estate, and "Into the West" where they find that Tír na nÓg is not just a horse.

Tír na nÓg is an island in ancient Irish mythology. Tir na Nog, in the Old Irish language, means Land of Youth. The Irish had many legends, and Tir na Nog was in some of them. It is an island far to the west, beyond the Irish shoreline, and beyond the far-reaches of the maps. This mystical island was the home of the fairies. Few human beings were invited to live there.

 War Horse

War Horse, is an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during WWI, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him.

When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets - British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter - before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

WWI is experienced through the journey of this horse - an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. War Horse is one of the great stories of friendship and war.

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