Equine-Assisted Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses horses to connect to people (Klontz, Bivens, Leinart, & Klontz, 2007). Clients of all ages with a variety of different reasons for seeking out this type of treatment have benefitted in many ways, including learning to trust and to be confident. A second therapeutic modality, mindfulness, is often a type of meditation based on focusing fully on the present moment (Niemiec, 2012). Researchers consider the term â€œmindfulnessâ€ to be synonymous with â€œawareness (Miller, Fletcher, & Kabat-Zinn, 1995).â€ It can also be a â€œstate of beingâ€ and it has been found be psychologically beneficial as the practice of mindfulness has shown to assist in the regulation of an individualâ€™s feelings and can help to control his or her desires and wants. While these therapies have been studied separately, future research should consider if there is a positive correlation between the two.
Dr. Craig Vickio
First Advisor Department
Caskey, Erin, "Equine-Assisted Therapy and Mindfulness: A Potential Correlation" (2013). Honors Projects. 16.