Honors Projects


Erin Caskey


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 “mindfulness” to be synonymous with “awareness (Miller, Fletcher, & Kabat-Zinn, 1995).” It can also be a “state of being” and it has been found be psychologically beneficial as the practice of mindfulness has shown to assist in the regulation of an individual’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.



First Advisor

Dr. Craig Vickio

First Advisor Department


Publication Date

Summer 8-1-2013