Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 59–72 | Cite as

Equine-Facilitated Learning for Youths with Severe Emotional Disorders: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study

  • Carrie A. Ewing
  • Pamelyn M. MacDonald
  • Megan Taylor
  • Mark J. Bowers
Original Paper


The present study quantitatively and qualitatively evaluated the effects of an alternative therapeutic learning method on youths with severe emotional disorders (SED). The youths participated in a nine-week equine-facilitated learning program. Very little research exists investigating the effectiveness of utilizing horses in the therapeutic learning process. The present study encompasses three years of research on a unique program hypothesized to enhance traditional therapy and facilitate the learning process for youths with special needs.


Equine-facilitated Animal assisted Therapy Behavior disorder Emotional disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carrie A. Ewing
    • 1
  • Pamelyn M. MacDonald
    • 1
  • Megan Taylor
    • 2
  • Mark J. Bowers
    • 3
  1. 1.Washburn UniversityTopekaUSA
  2. 2.Capital City SchoolTopekaUSA
  3. 3.University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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