Current research suggests that Equine Therapy provides benefits for at-risk children and teens, teens with anxiety and depression, people with mental health and behavioural disorders, children who have witnessed intra-family violence, and children and teens who have been sexually abused.
Aduddell, M.M. (2003). Effects of equine assisted psychotherapy on adolescent attitudes and behaviors. Colorado Christian University
Bachi, K., Terkel, J., & Teichman, M. (2012). Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy for At-risk Adolescents: The Influence on Self-image, Self-control and Trust. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 17(2): 298-312.
Bray, B. (2002). Treating adolescents using equine assisted psychotherapy: Effects on self concept, anxiety, and depression. Masters Thesis, Whitman College.
Cantin, A., & Marshall-Lucette, S. (2011). Examining the Literature on the Efficacy of Equine Assisted Therapy for People with Mental Health and Behavioural Disorders. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 8(1): 51-61.
Ewing, C.A., MacDonald, P.J., Taylor, M., & Bowers, M.J. (2007). Equine-facilitated learning for youths with severe emotional disorders: A quantitative and qualitative study. Child Youth Care Forum, 36, 59-72.
Frewin, K., & Gardiner, B. (2005). New Age or Old Sage? A Review of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. The Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology, 6(1): 13-17.
Froug, R., Baughman, D., Bennett, T., Renee-Smith, R., Merrill, S., & Farrington, T. (2010). The Effects of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy on Anxiety and Depression in the Chronically Mentally Ill. NADD Bulletin, 10(1).
Karol, J. (2007). Applying a Traditional Individual Psychotherapy Model to Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP): Theory and Method. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 12(1): 77-90.
Kemp, K., Signal, T., Botros, H., Taylor, N., & Prentice, K. (2014). Equine Facilitated Therapy with Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused: A Program Evaluation Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(3): 558-566.
Klontza, B. T., Bivensb, A., Leinartc, D., & Klontzd, T. (2007). The Effectiveness of Equine-Assisted Experiential Therapy: Results of an Open Clinical Trial. Society and Animals, 15(3): 257-267.
Nurenberg, J. R., Schleifer, S. J., Shaffer, T. M., Yellin, M., Desai, P. J., Amin, R., Bouchard, A., & Montalvo, C. (2015). Animal-Assisted Therapy With Chronic Psychiatric Inpatients: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Aggressive Behavior. Psychiatric Services, 66(1): 80-86.
Schultz, P. N., Remick-Barlow, G. A., & Robbins, L. (2007). Equine-assisted Psychotherapy: A Mental Health Promotion/Intervention Modality for Children Who Have Experienced Intra-family Violence. Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(3): 265-271.
Signal, T., Taylor, N., Botros, H., Prentice, K., & Lazarus, K. (2013). Whispering to Horses: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Depression and the Efficacy of Equine Facilitated Therapy. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 5(1): 24-32.
Tetreault , A (2006). Horses that Heal: The effectiveness of Equine Assisted Growth and Learning on the behaviour of students diagnosed with Emotional Disorder. Unpublished Masters thesis. Governors State University, University Park, IL.
Trotter, K. S., Chandler, C. K., Goodwin-Bond, D., & Casey, J. (2008). A Comparative Study of the Efficacy of Group Equine Assisted Counseling With At- Risk Children and Adolescents. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health and Social Care in the Community, 3(3): 254-284.