This new field of Equine-Assisted Interventions lacks a consistent definition or vocabulary, but it is arguably making a difference in the lives of both horses and people (Sudekum, 2011). The terms Hippotherapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Learning are often used interchangeably, yet they have very different meanings. Hippotherapy is work done with licensed speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), on the other hand, has to do with psychotherapy and mental health services. These are led by licensed professionals such as counselors and therapists. In contrast, the field of Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) involves educational services or coaching. This would be led by an equine specialist, special educator, or a trained coach.
Here at L.E.A.R.N. sessions are taught by a licensed teacher (Angela Ziel) working with students and an equine in an equine-assisted learning program. Each lesson program is individualized to meet the needs of the students.
Sudekum, T. K. (Ed.). (2011). Harnessing the power of equine assisted counseling: Adding
animal assisted therapy to your practice.