Integrating Horses into Healing

Integrating Horses into Healing

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Author: Cheryl Meola
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443191954

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Integrating Horses into Healing: A Comprehensive Guide to Equine Assisted Services is an updated, all-inclusive, and hands-on manual for any practitioner, researcher, or student interested in equine assisted services (EAS).Written by experts and founders in the field of EAS, this book provides a wealth of knowledge from research, first-hand work experience, and years of field study. This includes perspectives written by equine specialists, researchers, clients, veterinarians, board members, and clients, adding depth and insight that are often overlooked.Integrating Horses into Healing: A Comprehensive Guide to Equine Assisted Services is the go-to book for ethical equine assisted services and research in the field. This book is vital for practitioners in psychotherapy, coaching, occupational and physical therapy.

Key Features

  • Offers ethical practices for equine therapeutical services
  • Provides a foundational introduction to the benefits and practices of equine assisted services
  • Discusses business and legal considerations for EAS ventures


Practitioners in of psychotherapy, coaching, occupational therapy, and physical therapy (especially those involved in equine assistance services) Equine researchers and professionals; horse owners

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: The Evolution of the Horse-Human Relationship
    1. Introduction to Equine Assisted Services

    Section I: Therapies & Treatments
    2. Natural Therapeutic Aspects of Horses and the Horse-Human Relationship
    3. Incorporating Theoretical Orientation into EAP
    4. An In-Depth Approach to Relationship work: Natural Lifemanship
    5. Treatment Considerations in Physical, Occupational, and Other Therapies
    6. Treatment and Therapy Perspectives from the field

    Section II: Ethics, Well-Being, Welfare, and Legality
    7. Ethical Competencies and Implications for Practice
    8. Impact of EAS on the Horse’s Well Being
    9. The horse doesn’t know who the client is: Practitioner wellness, relationships, and burnout
    10. Business and Legal Aspects to Consider of Integrating EAP into Health Care Practice

    Section III: Conclusions and Resources
    11. EAS: Outside of Traditional Therapy
    12. Conclusions and Future Directions for the Field/Next Steps

    Appendix of IAHAIO guidelines
    Possible Assessments to Use for Outcomes
    ACA Adopted Code of Ethics for Animal Assisted Competencies
    Sample Business and Legal Forms

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443191954

About the Author

Cheryl Meola

Dr. Cheryl Meola is the founder of Mane Source Counseling, a private psychotherapy practice specializing in equine assisted therapy and coaching. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of Horses and HEALTH Inc, non-profit equine assisted services organization that providers EAS to veterans and other underserved populations at no cost to participants. Her love of being around horses started very young when she used to catch rides on ponies at her aunt’s farm. Before getting her master’s in counseling, Cheryl was a professional horse trainer, instructor, and intercollegiate coach for 20+ years. During her master’s studies at Bridgewater State University, Cheryl started working with a mentor in equine assisted counseling. After moving to North Carolina, she obtained her PhD from East Carolina University and started Mane Source.

Affiliations and Expertise

MANE Source Counseling USA

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